At 91, Queen Elizabeth II, attended her very first London Fashion Week. Sitting in the front row and brushing shoulders with longtime Vogue editor Anna Wintour. The monarch, wearing a powder blue tweed dress and jacket could be seen speaking with Wintour and clapping her black-gloved hands as models walked in British designer Richard Quinn’s runway show.
The monarch was on hand to present the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design, the first of its kind and meant to highlight the role the fashion industry plays in society and diplomacy – to designer, Richard Quinn. The special award, initiated in recognition of the role the fashion industry plays in society and diplomacy, will be awarded annually to an emerging British fashion designer who shows exceptional talent and originality, while demonstrating value to the community and/or strong sustainable policies, according to the palace.
The style of clothing that Quinn favors is eccentric and structural. A former intern at Dior and Richard James on Savile Row, the 28-year-old Quinn mixes big prints as well as fabrics within one piece, which tend to be based on classic Dior New Look silhouettes. He’s known for covering models’ faces in fabric, a practice he expanded into headwear for fall 2018. Beyond his designs, Quinn is giving back to his community, an essential element to this particular Queen-approved recognition. Well done!!