Paul Smith to Receive British Fashion Awards Top Honor

Paul Smith Spring 2012 runway
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Paul Smith on his Spring 2012 runway.

Whether the Duchess will be named the 2011 Style Icon remains to be seen, but Sir Paul Smith will definitely take home the highest honor of the night at the upcoming British Fashion Awards.

It's been revealed that the designer will receive the Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Award from the British Fashion Council later this month in London.

Last year, the award was given posthumously to Alexander McQueen.

"The thing I'm most proud of out of anything is continuity—the fact that I've always done OK,” Smith told the Sunday Telegraph. “I've never been number one or today's flavor. But I'm reliable, polite, and I deliver clothes on time that are well made at the right price."

This humble attitude has no doubt contributed to Smith’s success and longevity; after starting out in a clothing warehouse in Nottingham, he opened a shop in 1970 and launched his Paul Smith line in 1976.

"We have always made profit, sell in over fifty countries, have never borrowed money and sit in shops next to Prada, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton,” Smith said. “It's great to receive this award, amazing, because we do lots of hard work."

Well, it certainly looks like all that hard work has paid off.