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Designer Brand Watch – Richard Quinn


Already known for being somewhat synonymous for his breakout sartorial signature of exquisitely elaborate floral print work, upcoming designer Richard Quinn is creating an exciting and profound impact on the world of fashion, since establishing his eponymous label in 2016.

Since unveiling his striking line of collections that frequently compile of bold, innovative and colourful accents, the designer who emerged out of London Fashion Week has attained phenomenal success that has been a first for any industry influencer.

Not only did Quinn transpire as the initial recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design, he additionally and perhaps not so ironically, acquired the unparalleled honour of having the queen famously grace his front row catwalk show for his Autumn/Winter 2018 presentation, receiving the royal stamp of approval. This was only his second fashion offering since graduating from the Central Saint Martins’ MA programme studying textiles in 2016.

“It was the first time I haven’t felt pressure, because everything was done on time and in place. I treated it like a celebration rather than a pressured event,” vocalised the designer who embodied a relaxed aura back in February of this year. “I had the feeling that I was watching it all on TV, not in real life,” reflected Quinn who described Her Majesty’s appearance as being fashioned in a beautiful aquamarine skirt suit and seated on her royal-blue cushion.

Floral gimp masks and foil ball gowns uniquely imbued his Autumn/Winter 2018 collection with his avant-garde bondage aesthetic and twee floral prints. Botanical body suiting and haphazard plissé skirts prevailed as well as flower power grandiose puffer jackets and thigh-high boots.

His fashion dexterities and accomplishments appear endless for 2018 – Quinn is collaborating with Debenhams this month and is additionally going into partnership with Lane Crawford, Matchesfashion.com as well as confirming the second collection with Liberty and is super-heading a sustainable revolution. Are there no limits for this designer?

Words by Kate Farley

Images from the Richard Quinn AW18/19 collection

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