Richard Quinn’s team were convinced queen of the catwalk Kate Moss was going to be guest of honour at his London Fashion Week show, not Britain’s actual Queen.
Queen Elizabeth II attended Quinn’s fall/winter 18 presentation last week (ends25Feb18), her first-ever Fashion Week show, where she sat next to American Vogue editor Anna Wintour.
She was there to present the budding designer with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design, but Quinn was sworn to secrecy before the show.
“(It was) surreal,” he grinned to The Telegraph. “I had known for weeks, but had to keep it a complete secret, so more than anything it was funny hearing people trying to guess what was going on when all I could tell them was: ‘It’s something big.’
“My team were convinced that Kate Moss was coming, and they were telling me that I was making too big a deal out of it. If only they’d known. Once models had walked out, they kept coming backstage screaming: ‘It’s the f**king Queen out there!'”
Adwoa Aboah and Jean Campbell were among the models who walked in the show.
The Queen was in stylish form as she took in the new season trends, wearing a duck egg blue tweed dress and matching jacket with Swarovski crystals, designed by her longtime dressmaker Angela Kelly.
Revealing that the British royal, who is known for her love of colour blocking, was “so positive and kind”, Quinn added that The Queen’s favourite looks were “the colours and florals”.
And opening about Wintour also being in the audience, Quinn said his parents weren’t in the least bit fazed when they met the fashion heavyweight.
“Anna came to backstage before the show and told them how refreshing she found my clothes,” he recalled. “But the funniest bit was when she came up to my parents and introduced herself afterwards. My dad had no idea who she was. She said how nice it was to meet them, so it felt almost like parents’ evening at school.”
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