The Queen surprised everyone by sitting in the front row at London Fashion week
In her 65 years of reign, Queen Elizabeth II has never attended a fashion show but she made an exception this time around. The monarch sat in the front row of Richard Quinn's show
One doesn't associate the Queen with fashion and glamour. In her 65 years of reign, the Queen's style can be best described as traditional and conservative. She's always seen in a knee-length dress, a hat, and a handbag. So, of course, everyone was gobsmacked when she sat in the front row at Richard Quinn's show at London Fashion Week.
Yes, you read that right. The Queen made her debut at a fashion show by sitting next to Vogue US Editor Anna Wintour. The 91-year-old monarch looked on curiously as a sea of models walked the ramp in Quinn's futuristic collection of dresses, kaftans, and jackets which came in colorful prints; some models even wore headscarves as they made their walk down the ramp. As many will remember, the Queen herself is a fan of headscarves and has been spotted wearing them whenever she's out driving.
According to reports, the Queen attended the show to present emerging designer Quinn with Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design to the Central St Martin's graduate. His design was described by Vogue last year as one with a "distinct BDSM aesthetic." The fashion magazine called him "part of a new generation of weird and wonderful designers...he is exactly the future London needs."
Although the experience must have been curious for the monarch, she had company to share it with. Sixty-eight-year-old Wintour, who sat next to Her Majesty with her trademark sunglasses, shared a great many conversations as the models worked their way up the ramp. The fashion editor and Queen Elizabeth II have met earlier as well. According to The Sun, Wintour was given the title Dame last year for promoting British designers at home and overseas.
The Queen's presence at the fashion show was reportedly kept a secret and was arranged by the British Fashion Council. After the show, Quinn told reporters that he found out about the Queen's attendance only a few days ago. "It's a bit surreal. We only found out a few days ago so we added in a few Queen touches with the headscarves and the scarf patterns, we were already planning a few scarves but we really hammed it up," he said.
Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council (BFC), told the audience, "Having visited the exhibition of your wardrobe at Buckingham Palace, we learnt that you had to challenge some of the norms, some of the dress codes that had been designed for men, making us in awe of how you have reflected the changes in our society," according to The Telegraph.
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