MARY KATRANTZOU was last night named the winner of this year’s Swiss Textiles Award. The Greek-born designer – whose stunning spring/summer 2011 interior-inspired collection was the talk of London Fashion Week – beat off stiff competition from fellow designers Jason Wu, Duro Olowu, Adam Kimmel, Juun J and Damir Doma.

“I’m stunned. It was such a big build up and I cried backstage so I think that says it all,” said a thrilled Katrantzou who collected her award – which she told us would take pride of place in her new studio – from last year’s winner, Alexander Wang.

“It was definitely an honour, the award helped open up more opportunities and has been an amazing experience,” recalled Wang of the effects of the accolade for him. “It has enabled us [the business] to develop the textiles which will be sold in the store that’s going to open in New York next year.”

Katrantzou now pockets €100,000 in prize money – €10,000 of which will be used to purchase Swiss textiles.

“The financial support is amazing at a stage when the business is growing and it’s so important to have that support. It’s a very prestigious award, it’s a benchmark and a great honour,” said Katrantzou.

So what else, if anything else, has she been up to while in Zurich?

“I’ve only been here two days but it feels like two weeks. I haven’t had that much of a chance to look around but enjoyed going down by the lake. I love Zurich.”

And what about the next collection?

“It’s a progression of this one, it’s not as thematic and it’s darker than this season,” she told us, keeping relatively tight-lipped. “The thing is if I say too much then it will give it away. Like with this collection if I had said ‘rooms’, it would have given it away completely.”

Congratulations, Mary.