British fashion designer, Sir Paul Smith will be given the highest fashion accolade - The Outstanding Achievement Award during the 2011 British Fashion Awards.

Known for his designer creations particularly in the menswear section, Paul Smith is regarded as a highly respected member of the fashion industry.

In 2000, Smith was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his outstanding contributions in the fashion arena.

The accolade will be granted to Smith ahead of the official ceremony at the Savoy on Nov.28, 2011.

What a fantastic honour to receive this award. It is really an award for not just me but for all of my fantastic team, many who have been with me for a very long time and have helped me build up a solid structure which really works. Thank you! Sir Paul Smith said.

Four times previous British Fashion Awards winner, Paul Smith has been the recipient of Menswear Designer (1997/1999), Classic Designer (2001) and Contemporary Designer (2003).

Paul Smith, the brand and the man contributes a great deal to our industry commercially and creatively; his signature style is recognized throughout the world. He is the perfect recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award this year, retorted Harold Tillman, CBE, Chairman of the BFC.

This award for Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design was decided by a panel of experienced and acclaimed journalists and retailers.