[“][E]xcuse me miss! I need to check your bag,” a security guard barks before Richard Quinn’s show. “You’ll find out why soon…” Five minutes later audible gasps fill the room and fashion editors, unashamedly, stood on their seats to gawp at Her Royal Highness sat on the front row.
Her surprising cameo marks the Queen’s Fashion Week debut. Perched next to Conde Nast Artistic Director and former Vogue editor Dame Anna Wintour, the 91-year-old style icon was there to award the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design; created to recognise the role the fashion industry plays in society and diplomacy and awarded annually to an emerging British fashion designer who shows exceptional talent and originality. Her Majesty The Queen was greeted by Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council, before presenting the award to Richard Quinn.
The Central Saint Martins alumni’s AW18 offering put a whole new spin on power dressing: showcasing a colour-pop collection of HRH-style headscarves, eccentric print-on-print and OTT floral dresses.
We bet @freddiemade – the Insta-artist who once photoshopped Queen Elizabeth in Gucci’s Fall ’17 embellished bodysuit – will have a field day with this one.