It was the defining image of this year’s London Fashion Week: Her Majesty, the Queen, perched on the frow alongside fashion queen Anna Wintour. But who was the designer who enticed the British Monarch to LFW?
The answer is Richard Quinn a London-born designer who set up his own label after graduating from Central St Martins in 2016.
London-born Quinn is the winner of the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award, a new annual gong that recognises an upcoming design talent making a contribution to sustainability and the community.
For a performer eager to make a statement on stage, Quinn’s collection provided ample inspiration taking the current floral trend to the max.
His collection was full of showstoppers, dramatic full-length frocks in bold florals teamed with metallic make-up and imperial hairstyles. Quinn himself is an understated character and wore a low key jeans and shirt combo to collect his award from HRH, who was resplendent in duck egg blue.
Other standout LFW collections came from Temperley London, who combined the disparate elements of sequins, khaki and military-inspired tailoring to create luxe workwear and evening wear, and Shrimps, Hannah Weiland’s brand. Weiland says she is inspired by “Nana outfits” and her collection included OTT faux fur coats and quirky, kitsch dresses.
London-based womenswear brand, Fyodor Golan also made a splash. This year was all about popping colour and comfortable, relaxed sportswear that could be dressed up, with zips and neon colours featuring heavily too. Other trends spotted at LFW include sheer fabrics in nudes and navy.