As is not uncommon these days, a couple of British fashion luminaries have been included in Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year Honors list.
Phoebe Philo, whose accomplishments at Céline — and Chloé before that — received an OBE, or Officer of the Order of the British Empire, for her services to fashion, the Telegraph reports. Though Céline, which she has successfully reinvigorated since joining the house in 2008, is based in Paris, Philo remains living in London.
Meanwhile, one of the industry’s most legendary makeup artists, Pat McGrath, received an MBE, or Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to the fashion and beauty industry.
Philo and McGrath follow in the footsteps of industry talents like Mario Testino, who was granted an OBE earlier this year, and Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton, who received one last year for designing Kate Middleton’s all-important wedding dress.
We also love that the fashion talents beat out David Beckham, who was expected to be recognized for his contributions to football and charitable services, and who’s probably a bit more recognized in the U.K. Looks like he’ll have to do more than an H&M campaign to get the Queen’s attention.
So what does this all mean exactly? The Order of the British Empire ranks people in order of chivalry. There are four categories and the lowest two are OBE, followed by MBE — neither of which grant recipients “dame” or “knight” titles. We quite like the sound of “Dame Phoebe,” but alas…