What a feast for the eyes! Richard Quinn was like a caffeine injection straight to the veins. This wildly exuberant collection saw the designer combine florals with stripes, printing and padding; a real mismatch of elements but one that worked beautifully. Famous for having scarves cover his models’ faces à la club kid Leigh Bowery, he varied the scale, design and colour of the patterns but there was still a cohesiveness about the show. His patchwork came in the form of scarf dressing - a tongue in cheek take on Balmoral style – flowing capes and coats and even motorcycle helmets were not spared the Richard Quinn Print Treatment. 

Much has been written about the unexpected arrival of Queen Elizabeth II at Quinn’s show. She was there to present the designer with the first annual Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design which has been created in recognition of the role the fashion industry plays in society and diplomacy. The award will be given to a British designer who shows talent and originality while at the same time demonstrating value to the community. Quinn took home the prize this year as much for his fashion design work as for his print studio in Peckham, London which is open to college students and other designers.

Images | Richard Quinn