LFW AW20: Richard Quinn

THIS SEASON, Richard Quinn set the stage for an uplifting celebration of the House of Quinn. From a live performance by Welsh singer songwriter Hannah Grace, whose moving rendition of Abba’s The Dancing Queen closed the show, to the extravagantly grand silhouettes encrusted with sparkling crystals, Quinn played on our love for fantasy and fairy tale.

Models in ornate masks stormed the runway, eye-catching tailoring recalled the masters of Saville Row, while the heavily beaded detailing highlighted Quinn’s maximalist designs which have become signature of the designer since his graduation from Central Saint Martins in 2016.

Volume and shapes are reimagined, ball gown silhouettes are reconstructed, their shapes enhanced and fantastical. Classic couture glamour pairs well with punk rock chic, floral mini dresses with oversized bows is matched with a black head to toe skin tight bodysuit. Saturated colours create striking oversized rose motifs which enhance the feeling of optimism and lightness for which Quinn’s shows have become known.

In moments of social and political confusion both internationally and locally, Quinn’s escapist perspective offers a sense of regeneration and new beginnings, nonetheless Quinn’s couture fantasy is clearly aware of its London roots. On the back of several pieces Quinn pays homage to the foundations of this city, the working class, through the intricately embroidered words, God Save the Quinn.

by Mirabella Shahidullah

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