There are few people who can make the public, generally distant, laugh in a state of great excitement. But then there is only one Queen of England.
His Majesty was a surprise guest on Tuesday afternoon at the Richard Quinn show, the last of London’s fashion week and the second in its history. There was a silence when she entered the room, with the public raised to greet the monarch and, of course, raising their phones to get that important image of social networks.
The Queen sat in the front row, of course, with a special cushion placed in her seat, next to the editor in chief of Vogue, Anna Wintour, who in turn sat next to the dressmaker of the monarch, Angela Kelly.
Rejecting the trends of the first row this season, such as raincoats and giant scarves, His Majesty wore an ice blue skirt suit, a black bag, black gloves and comfortable shoes.
Even though the 91-year-old monarch is not a regular at fashion week, she seemed relaxed, placing her purse on the floor like a “shirred” professional.
He even shared a joke with Wintour, who used his trademark sunglasses throughout the show.
When the audience stopped gaping at the real Queen in her presence, there was Quinn’s collection to watch. He paid tribute to his special guest, after a fashion. The British-born designer, who graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2016, is famous for sets whose scarves cover the faces of models, in the style of Leigh Bowery in the 1980s, and that appearance was revealed here . But the handkerchiefs were of the classic variety, of the type that the Queen is known to wear in Balmoral.
Other looks would have less luck in the real wardrobe. See a leather mac with several zippers that are worn with a neon yellow motorcycle helmet and PVC gloves with the long elbow. At this, the Queen looked at her politely, wearing her very practiced face.
Other pieces had retro floral motifs, some of which might have had a place in their touring outfit of the 1960s, but were transplanted to boots over the knee and dressed in the form of a sheet. In this context, it became more the territory of the well-known Quinn fan, Lady Gaga, or the model Adwoa Aboah, who closed the show here.
After the show, it was clear that the Queen was present to give Quinn the first Queen Elizabeth II award for British design, organized by Kelly and the British Fashion Council.
Introducing it, BFC Executive President Caroline Rush paid tribute: “Your Majesty, I know you do not want to be known as a fashion icon, but for all of us in this room, we have this respect for you … I know that undoubtedly you are. ”
The Queen said the award was an acknowledgment of the reputation of the British fashion industry for its “excellent craftsmanship” and was designed “as a tribute to an industry”. Quinn was chosen as the recipient in part because in addition to his design work, he runs a printing studio in Peckham, south London, which is open to other designers and university students.
Quinn accepted the award in the attire of a typical LFW designer in 2018: a baseball cap and a plaid shirt. After the show, he said that the experience was “a bit surreal”, but that his guest had an impact on his collection, which led him to add those scarves. “I definitely think she’s a fashion icon,” he said. “It’s an ironic version of Balmoral, my opinion on this, basically.”