The clichéd sentiment that all good things are worth waiting for felt rather apt at yesterday’s Richard Quinn show. Kicking off over an hour later than it was scheduled to, headsetted PRs panicked around a giant ball of orange flowers as a stellar front row that included Boy George, Dina Asher-Smith, Mabel, Erin O’Connor and miss Kate Moss sat patiently, bathed in ultraviolet lighting.
It was the last show on the offical London Fashion Week schedule, and with Quinn being the showman that he is, the climax to five days of back-to-IRL fashions was a celebratory journey of colour, texture, shape and those oh so beautiful florals Quinn masters so well.
Though he only released his mini-blockbuster of a film debuting his AW21 collection back in June, the designer didn’t hold back on the spectacle. Many of the film’s starring roles appeared on the catwalk, from Lila Moss, who marched past her proud mama in a pair of red pleated trousers, to RuPaul’s Drag Race UK’s Tayce and Bimini Bon Boulash, who wore kinky spiked leather and an aubergine rain mac-cum-ball gown, respectively.
Many Quinn signatures were on full form, be it floral caftans, mad catsuits or embroidered frocks. The designer introduced new elements to his repertoire, too, standouts being flasher trench coats with exaggerated shoulders and sock boots with paws. He finished proceedings with a bridal gown which was peppered with audible gasps from an audience who had been starved of fab fashions for close to two years. London Fashion Week is back, isn’t she glorious?
Photography courtesy of Richard Quinn.