Perhaps incongruously given his taste for Latex and thigh-high boots, the London designer Richard Quinn has always had a special relationship with those most demure of dressers, the British royal family.
The late Queen memorably upstaged anything happening on the catwalk at London Fashion Week five years ago, when she made a surprise appearance on the front row at the designer’s fall 2018 show. When the monarch passed away in September 2022, Quinn and his team scrambled to turn his spring 2023 show into a poignant tribute to his most high-profile supporter, sending models down the runway in looks that riffed on the Queen’s Balmoral wardrobe, and the Norman Hartnell couture that defined her early years on the throne.
Quinn can now add another major royal moment to his CV, after the Queen’s granddaughter, Princess Beatrice, swept onto the red carpet at Vogue World: London tonight wearing a dark floral print midi dress complete with matching gloves by Quinn. The royal’s outfit for the night was masterminded by super stylist Harry Lambert. Beatrice arrived at Theatre Royal Drury Lane with her younger sister, Princess Eugenie, who walked the Vogue World red carpet wearing an emerald green Fendi silk dress designed by Kim Jones, again, overseen by Lambert.
Drury Lane also has its own history with the royal family: back in 1958, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip sat in the royal box at the theatre to enjoy a performance of My Fair Lady, starring Rex Harrison as Professor Higgins and Julie Andrews as Eliza Doolittle, wearing costumes designed by Vogue’s own Cecil Beaton.
A singular celebration of fashion and the arts, Vogue World: London is taking over an historic West End theatre on the eve of London Fashion Week, with a one-off production featuring performances from leading lights of opera, theater, and film, as well as classical and pop music. The grand finale? A runway extravaganza showcasing highlights from the fall 2023 collections.
This article was originally published on Vogue.com
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