Dear Shaded Viewers,
From darkness to light Richard Quinn took us on an emotional journey reflective of the current mood and moment in the UK. Part one, a homage to Queen Elizabeth in a series of twenty-two stunning black looks that were made by hand by Richard and his team of six in the ten days before the show. As he morned the death of the head of the Monarch, this was a very personal reflection considering the Queen attended his first show in 2018. Part two, a ray of sunshine. A bold bright yellow sequin look to break through the darkness and lead us into a new day. The show that was originally planned. Strong rounded silhouettes in hot pink and blues, feathered red polka dots, heavily embroidered luminous florals, sequins and capes. A highlight was a purple 3D rose effect cape that was breathtaking. With a set based around surveillance, video cameras were suspended in the shape of a large chandelier in the middle of the room. First playing imagery of a young Queen Elizabeth then part two was recording the audience live. It was somber, it was real, it was refreshing and was by far the most moving show of the week. Looks were exaggerated almost couture. Richard needs to follow his heart here and I wish he would take the reins at a big couture house. It’s clear it is his calling and what an amazing job he would do!