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Alexandra Shulman, Lynne Franks and retail power couple recognised in New Year's Honours

Lauretta Roberts
30 December 2017

Former British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman led the fashion honours in the Queen's New Year's Honours List having been awarded a CBE for her services to fashion journalism.

Shulman who stood down from Vogue this year after 25 years in charge added the honour to the OBE she received in 2005. In an Instagram post Shulman declared she "couldn't be more pleased" to receive the honour.

Shulman, who was replaced by Edward Enninful OBE, headed a relatively short list of honourees from the fashion industry this year. Legendary fashion PR Lynne Franks was awarded an OBE for services to services to business, fashion and women's empowerment.

Franks made her name in the 1980s when the British fashion industry began to explode and represented clients such as Katharine Hamnett, Jasper Conran and Harvey Nichols.

She is credited with launching the precursor to London Fashion Week when she persuaded a client, the Murjani Corporation which owned Gloria Vanderbilt jeans, to sponsor a large tent outside the Commonwealth Institute in Kensington to enable British designers to show their collections.

Lynne Franks

Lynne Franks

Said to be the inspiration for Edina Monsoon in Jennifer Saunders' comedy Absolutely Fabulous, Franks stepped down from her agency in the early 1990s and has since been focused on women's empowerment and sustainable causes.

Retail power couple Chrissie Rucker and Nick Wheeler also received OBEs for services to retail having respectively founded fashion and lifestyle brand The White Company and shirt maker Charles Tyrwhitt.

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