Supermodel Kate Moss has picked up the prestigious award for Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards, despite a troubled year for the fashion icon.

Moss did not attend the ceremony in London to collect her award but designer Vivienne Westwood accepted the prize on her behalf.

A spokesperson for the British Fashion Council said: "Kate wasn't here unfortunately. She couldn't make it."

"There was a massive cheer and Westwood went up on stage to accept it on her behalf," she said.

Earlier this year a drugs scandal threatened to ruin Moss' career, after the Daily Mirror printed photographs which appeared to show her snorting cocaine.

The model later took some time off from work and checked into rehab for treatment, after several fashion companies ended their associations with her.

Recent reports have suggested that Moss is now engaged to rocker boyfriend Pete Doherty.