Richard Quinn Fall 2019
WORDS BY: KATIE FARLEY
With seriously striking shoulders, ballooning puffball skirts and excessive lashings of sparkling embroidery, it’s fair to say that Richard Quinn channeled the “bigger is better” ethos for this Fall 2019 showcase that astounded spectators during London Fashion Week.
The emerging fashion designer, whose status has been accelerated ever since winning the first Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design last year presented “Fearless Glamour”; a secret garden that the guests were invited to step in to.
Quinn’s unapologetically elegant surroundings of oversized clusters of blooms and grand chandeliers that suspended overhead set the tone for the outrageously glorious garments that followed.
Fit for Amazon warrior Queens, Quinn’s supersized line-up of couture-worthy silhouettes raised his floramaniac print to new heights, embodying super-femme power-dressing at its best. The glamorous affair featured suits with gorgeous embroidery and fragile point d’esprit tulle bodysuits, which were seen juxtaposed with fabulous capacious trapezes and puffballs.
Freya Ridings Wearing Richard Quinn
Previously interning for Dior in Paris, the upcoming designer examined couture techniques and explored extremes amid his Fall offering. Corsets, lavish gowns, and dresses bedecked in sparkle were styled over polished black latex bodysuits and leggings. The intention was to remain timeless but infused with a darker element that cast a more extreme feel. A broad-shouldered billowy print dress, floral embroidered puffball skirts, and skinny puff sleeved minidresses were accompanied by notably proportioned prom dresses, along with a red and green rose sequined dress with an explosion of black tulle cascading from the back.
The collection was all the more enriched by North London singer-songwriter Fraya Ridings, who executed a beautiful live performance of single ‘You Mean The World To Me’, platinum-selling single ‘Lost Without You’, ‘Signals’ and ‘Maps’.