Richard Quinn was granted the honour of hosting the Queen for her first-ever fashion week event yesterday. The surprise appearance was met with worldwide excitement as the British Queen took a front row seat next to Dame Anna Wintour, the American Vogue editor-in-chief. Wearing a duck egg blue Angela Kelly suit, the Queen watched Richard Quinn’s autumn/winter 2018 collection, which paid tribute to the monarch. Models stormed the runway in eye-catching displays of head-to-toe vibrant floral prints, silk scarves and swing coats. The collection was described by Quinn as a ‘tongue in cheek take on Balmoral, but done my way’. With many of the models sporting motorcycle helmets and elbow-length PVC gloves, it was no wonder that the Queen was caught sharing a joke with Wintour.
Her Majesty was not just there to take in the new season trends; she was there to celebrate Richard Quinn’s achievements in the fashion industry, with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. Angela Kelly, the Queen’s dressmaker, designed the award. The Queen presented the award stating ‘it is a great pleasure to be here at London Fashion Week … I would like to thank British Fashion Council for selecting the first winner, Richard Quinn’.
With her appearance at the show, the Queen has cemented her status as a fashion symbol. This is a moment that will surely go down in Fashion Week history.