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Queen of England goes to her first ever fashion show

The Queen of England attended her first ever fashion show this past week. The show was for Richard Quinn and his Fall 2018 collection.

The Queen wasn’t there just to be stunned by magnificent fashion designs but rather to hand out the first ever Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. It’s meant to highlight the role that the fashion industry plays in society and diplomacy.  It recognizes young artistic and entrepreneurial talent.

Richard Quinn may not be a recognizable name, but what he has accomplished is far from average. Between winning fashion awards from H&M and being the recipient of part of the Sarahslist (which highlights the talent of designers), he has also been giving back to his community. Many companies referred to him as “one to watch” last year.

Quinn ultimately delivered a unique show with his tendency to cover the models’ faces, but nonetheless, he did enough to capture the attention of many, including the Queen of England.

British designs on show as ambassador to Rome holds fashion parade

Villa Wolkonsky, the home of Britain’s ambassador in Rome, was set to host its very first fashion show this past Saturday night, but a twist came about in regards to the parade’s tradition of pale-skinned models.

The show became the first catwalk in Italy to celebrate diversity, featuring 16 models of varying sizes, physical abilities and ethnic backgrounds.

Some of the models included a Brazilian-born model in a wheelchair, a model with a prosthetic leg and another whose hair signaled her mixed-race heritage.

The unusual take for the fashion show was the idea of Jill Morris, the British ambassador. With her time in office, she has made her mark by promoting British fashion and even modeling herself at times.

“It’s the very first diversity catwalk in Italy. I wanted to put on an event that brought together the themes of diversity and fashion,” the ambassador told The Telegraph. She continued:

“I’ve always been interested in fashion. But when I became ambassador, with the role of promoting British business, it enabled me to combine a personal passion with a more serious trade and investment objective.”

There were more than 200 attendants at the show. The clothes were designed by Sadie Clayton, a British designer who has had creations seen on catwalks in London, Berlin and Shanghai.

Clayton is known for incorporating copper in her dresses, admitting that it brings out “incredible colors – blues and greens and wonderful reds.”

Clayton herself was sporting a dress that was made entirely out of copper. “I smoothed the edges very carefully so that it could be worn next to the skin,” she said.

The Villa Wolkonsky was decorated with tapestries and oil paintings, making it a perfect historic backdrop for the show.

Four female designers making a big impact in British menswear

As the menswear market continues to grow, several women have tried their hand at designing menswear instead of womenswear. Most notably, a number of London female menswear designers are bringing much needed talent and takes and turning them into profiting brands.

Grace Wales Bonner

Grace Wales Bonner graduated from Central St Martins back in 2014. She presented her first collection at Fashion East in 2015, and, that same year, she won Emerging Menswear designer of the year at the British Fashion Awards.

She made her debut at London Fashion Week Men’s in 2016 with her own label titled Wales Bonner. Most of her designs explore inspiration from European and African influences. Now, Bonner’s collections and shows are some of the most anticipated on the show calendars. Keep in mind, Bonner has yet to turn 27.

Lou Dalton

Dalton dropped out of school when she was 16 and began to learn her craft while working as an apprentice to a tailor, then she went on to study menswear at the Royal College of Art.

Dalton’s tailoring combined with her Shropshire roots make her clothes beautiful and extremely durable. Dalton’s collections are now some of the most highly sought after clothes. She has made capsule collections for Dover Street Market, Grenson, Liberty and Opening Ceremony. Dalton’s designs are available internationally on her online store.

Astrid Anderson

Anderson launched her own brand back in 2011 and has caught attention for her knack of remodeling the sports-luxe category. Her designs go far beyond a simple tracksuit. She is expertly able to blend urban influences with small feminine details to make clothes that challenge the gender norms.

She graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2010 and was able to get support from Fashion East and NEWGEN before making her official debut at London Fashion Week Men’s. Her celebrity base, including Drake, A$AP Rocky, and Rihanna, all adore her clothes.

Martine Rose

Rose, a 36-year-old designer, is one of London’s most original menswear designers. Her label, which is now 10 years old, has constantly been pushing boundaries.

Her designers effortlessly play with shape and proportion. Her designs are now being stocked at Barneys in New York, Dover Street Market and Matches fashion. Rose has also been added to the Balenciaga team to consult on its menswear line.