Few could see out LFW on a more positive note than Queen-approved (yep, the Queen), Emerging Womenswear Designer of the Year 2018 winner Richard Quinn.
In a space decorated with flowers, crawling vines and a chandelier, Adwoa Aboah opened in a glistening tartan coat teamed with opera gloves and latex tights.
The majority of the collection was dominated by loud, gaudy prints in floral and paisley, with a palette spanning hot pinks and pastel yellow to lurid orange and emerald green. Prim peplum shapes and glitzy sequins formed a glorious contrast against black latex bodysuits, gloves and tights, or cobalt blue tights with gemstone encrusted pumps.
In keeping with couture tradition, Quinn’s show closed with a wedding gown – also worn with black latex gloves – and finished with an extravagant feathered headpiece.
Soundtracked by emerging British singer-songwriter Freya Ridings and a live orchestral band, the show felt celebratory and wholeheartedly earnest – an unapologetic ode to glamour and expression.