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Queen Elizabeth II Attends London Fashion Week for the First Time

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Fashion Editor
Updated: 21 February 2018
It’s a first, ladies and gentlemen. Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth has made her London Fashion Week debut.

Stunning crowds at Richard Quinn’s show, the Queen made her first fashion week appearance in her 66-year reign, sitting front row between Vogue‘s Anna Wintour and Caroline Rush of the British Fashion Council.

The Queen awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design to designer Richard Quinn for his use of bold prints. The inaugural award, according to Her Royal Highness, will remain her legacy to British fashion. According to the BBC, she spoke at the end of the show to present the award to Quinn.

Richard Quinn show, Front Row, Fall Winter 2018, London Fashion Week, UK - 20 Feb 2018
Mandatory Credit: Photo by WWD/REX/Shutterstock (9427914b) Queen Elizabeth II Richard Quinn show, Front Row, Fall Winter 2018, London Fashion Week, UK - 20 Feb 2018 | © WWD/REX/Shutterstock

“Our fashion industry has been renowned for outstanding craftsmanship for many years, and continues to produce world-class textiles and cutting edge, practical designs,” the Queen said to the surprise and delight of her legions of fans.

But who is Richard Quinn?

Quinn is a Central Saint Martins graduate who launched his eponymous line in 2016. Born and raised in Eltham, southeast London, the designer apprenticed with Christian Dior, Michael van der Ham, and Richard James, according to WWD.

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A designer with an appreciation of technology, Quinn partnered with Epson this season, using a Surecolor system to print his own textiles. His aesthetic has been branded edgy elegance. The florals in the AW18 collection were suited perfectly to his royal guest.

Her Majesty was accompanied by her assistant and senior dresser, Angela Kelly. She wore a demure blue egg-shell suit-skirt, black gloves, and her signature two-inch pumps, which were most likely made by Anello & Davide of Kensington; the bespoke shoemaker, which has a reputation for making beautiful calf-skin heels, is one of the Queen’s favorites.

A fan of Hermès scarves, the Queen was not wearing anything from Her Majesty’s collection of headscarves, which has been praised by Vanity Fair as one of the world’s most fashionable accessory collections. Who knows, after today perhaps she will don a Richard Quinn scarf?