There’s not much that can shock the fashion world — there are models wearing inflatable pools and models carrying their own heads down the runway. The one thing that could reduce show attendees to excited giggles? None other than an appearance by Her Majesty.
Queen Elizabeth II was a surprise guest at designer Richard Quinn’s show on Tuesday afternoon, the last show of London Fashion Week and Quinn’s second-ever show. To have the Queen show up at your second show? Now that’s an accomplishment. The Queen joined Anna Wintour front row, taking a seat on the special cushion placed there for her, and was dressed in her signature ice-blue skirt suit and sensible shoes.
Her Majesty’s dressmaker, Angela Kelly, sat next to Wintour. The Queen looked like a natural at Quinn’s show, in spite of not being a fashion week regular. She even appeared to share a joke with Wintour, clad in her signature sunglasses. Quinn’s collection was a tribute to his special guest, debuting scarves similar to the ones the Queen wore at Balmoral (the Scottish holiday home for the Royal Family).
The Queen was also there for the particular purpose of presenting Quinn with the inaugural award, The Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. The new award, of which Quinn is the first recipient, goes to an “emerging British fashion designer who shows exceptional talent and originality, whilst demonstrating value to the community and/or strong sustainable policies.”