Spotted: the Queen of England beside the queen of fashion. Queen Elizabeth II took in the Richard Quinn show Tuesday during London Fashion Week alongside Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.
A tweet sent out by The Royal Family’s verified account announced Her Majesty’s attendance would be to present, for the first time ever, the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design.
The annual award will honour emerging British designers who are committed “to the community and/or sustainable policies.”
A follow-up tweet offered details which included the award aiming to recognize the value fashion plays in diplomacy and the inaugural recipient revealed to be Richard Quinn, a former intern for Christian Dior and Central Saint Martins’ Fashion MA graduate who launched his label in 2016, according to the Observer.
Tuesday’s encounter isn’t the queen’s first run-in with the sartorial icon. Wintour received the prestigious title of Dame Commander less than a year ago in May 2017, according to People.
Her Majesty appeared in a blue pastel Angela Kelly tweed jacket and matching skirt, as reported by E!, accessorized with her signature pearl necklace and gloves. Kelly is also credited with having designed the award itself, a perfect candidate to be entrusted with the task after dressing the queen for twenty-six years as her personal advisor.
HRH Queen Elizabeth was noted as being an “astute audience member,” remaining captivated during Quinn’s first official LFW show and, after being named NEWGEN’s One-to-Watch, the young designer is sure to continue his successful trajectory as an industry newcomer.
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