luellabartley_queen_mbe.jpgAfter a tumultuous year, Luella Bartley had plenty of reason to smile yesterday as she received an MBE from the Queen at Windsor Castle.

The designer was named in the Queen's New Year's Honours List for services to the fashion industry. She wore one of her own designs, a camel-coloured tweed minidress for the event, saying: "It's quite strange being here but it made it all seem worth it - it's a fantastic honour. It's the start of lots of things - last year was 'whoops' difficult, this year is amazing."

After coming through a tough 2009, things are definitely on the up for Luella who will also soon release a style book, due out during London Fashion Week in September.