The London Fashion Week this year ended with the biggest and famous name in fashion meeting the biggest and famous name in London. One of the major highlight was Queen of England, Elizabeth II, 91, making a guest appearance on Tuesday afternoon at the Richard Quinn’s show which was the last London Fashion Week and her first ever appearance at the event in the 65 years on the throne.
Queen Elizabeth II wore a pastel blue coat and jacket that was designed by Angela Kelly, her personal assistant and designer. She accessorised her look with crisp black gloves, pearl earrings and a matching broach. Her majesty had attended the event to present the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design to designer Richard Quinn. Quinn accepted the award wearing a baseball cap and plaid shirt.
In her speech that she gave while presenting the award to the designer, she said that the award was a tribute to the industry and her legacy and all those who have contributed to the British fashion.
The British Fashion Council had helped in the decision to select Quinn for the award. Besides his design work, he was chosen as the recipient because he also runs a print studio in Peckham which is open to other fashion designers and to college students as well. The show was bright and full of light, with bold looks that drew the attention of the fashion elite.
Queen Elizabeth II took a tour around the several showrooms at the event before she addressed the audience and talked about Britain’s fashion industry. She said, “From the tweed of the Hebrides to Nottingham lace, and of course Carnaby Street, our fashion industry has been renowned for outstanding craftsmanship for many years, and continues to produce world-class textiles and cutting edge, practical designs.”
As this was the first time that the award is being presented, there are chances that the Queen may make another return in the next year.