TEESSIDE fashion designer rubbed shoulders with the stars as she was named Ultimate Young Fashion Entrepreneur by a top women’s magazine.
Kate Fearnley, from Saltburn, was among the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year award winners, who also included X Factor’s Dannii Minogue and Girls Aloud’s Kimberley Walsh.
The 33-year-old, who runs a boutique on Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, has a growing reputation as a designer and her clothes have been worn by stars including X Factor winner Alexandra Burke and model Katie Price, aka Jordan.
She was presented with her award at a glittering ceremony in London by TV presenter Zoe Salmon, who also wears Kate’s designs.
After an evening celebrating with stars, including host Fearne Cotton, Denise Van Outen and Holly Willoughby, Kate spent the next day in a photo shoot for Cosmopolitan magazine.
She also went to 10 Downing Street where she had tea with Prime Minister’s wife Sarah Brown, one of the judges.
Kate said: “It was incredible, and there were so many inspiring people who achieved a lot - such as working in Congo and overcoming a brain tumour - it made me feel ‘what the hell am I doing here?’
“Zoe Salmon gave me my award which was really nice considering I’ve made her a lot in the last year.
“I met Dannii Minogue, which was incredible, and Fearne Cotton. It was a really relaxed atmosphere and everyone was really friendly.”
Kate was awarded a trophy and made many contacts on the night.
She said she hoped her success would further increase the profile of her business. “I hope it gives us a lot of opportunities which we didn’t have before,” she said.
X Factor judge Dannii was named Ultimate TV Personality of the Year, Holly Willoughby was named Ultimate TV Presenter and Kimberley Walsh was voted Ultimate Woman’s Woman.
There were also a number of “real life” winners selected from hundreds of nominations.