Richard Quinn, one of the the most anticipated designers of the London Fashion Week, presented his spring summer 22 collection with a celebrity packed front-row, describing the season as a contrast between “tension and calm”.

The collection was toned down compared to the eccentric, unconventional looks we are used to seeing from the designer. Though we love to see a Quinn creation on the red carpet, it was nice to see that this season included pieces that were more grounded in reality and wearable.

The new additions to Quinn’s line of work were the pleated sculptural pants in bold colours, styled under fitting tops with hello-kitty bows… an energetic and unexpected opening to the runway. The head-to-toe botanical prints which made Quinn’s creations instantly recognisable, decorated floral quilt coats and puffers with tights peeking under. Though the prints were Quinn, when the models came out in the leather and camel coats with pointy shoulders, bold tights, sunglasses and hoods… the collection seemed to turn a little towards Demna Gvasalia’s direction.

The line-up also included the punk leather jacket/coat ensembles with spikes coming out in every direction, refreshing to see a different texture after all the florals and a nice touch of kink that Quinn’s aesthetic is famous for, which were then matched with the humongous piercing bags. A contrast of tension and calm indeed. The voluminous gowns, bridesmaids in sparkling grey mini dresses and the finishing touch… a wedding dress made the closing for Quinn’s bold show, signalling the designer’s new bridal line.

Aybuke Barkcin

Aybüke Barkçin is an art director, photographer, curator and writer that looks at fashion through the lens of political and societal dynamics. She completed her master's Creative Direction in POLIMODA, Italy and has a background in International Relations and Graphic Design. Her work can be found in her website: