LFW SS’24 The Ethereal Elegy: Richard Quinn’s SS24 Tribute to His Father by Leticia Dare


Dear Shaded Viewers,


In a moment of profound emotion and creative expression, Richard Quinn unveiled his Spring Summer 24 collection, an homage that transcended fashion and delved into the depths of memory and artistry. With a runway that doubled as a sanctuary of reflection, this show was more than a mere spectacle; it was a visual poem, a love letter to his late father, Patrick James Quinn.

Quinn’s collection, bathed in a soft and contemplative glow, was a study in meticulous craftsmanship. Each piece, from gowns adorned with intricate embroideries to those shimmering with Swarovski crystals, was a testament to the power of detail. It was as if Quinn had distilled his emotions into fabric, creating garments that spoke of love, loss, and the enduring beauty of memory.

The runway itself was a tableau of remembrance, a dreamscape awash in fresh blooms and serenaded by the ethereal melodies of a men’s choir. Here, in this sacred space, Richard’s vision unfurled, a celestial tribute that resonated on a deeply emotional level.

The show opened with a balletic performance, where dancers elegantly twirled in flower-strewn black tutus, evoking a sense of nostalgia and homage to Quinn’s Irish roots. It was a poignant prologue to the symphony of emotions that was to follow.

At a youthful 33, Richard Quinn’s trajectory has been nothing short of meteoric. His ambition to establish a London fashion house rather than a conventional brand has materialized into an international success story. This collection, a culmination of his journey, was a testament to his evolution as a designer who seamlessly balances the theatrical with the sublime.

Supermodels graced the runway, with the impeccable Jourdan Dunn elegantly donning a strapless tulle masterpiece adorned with intricate floral embroidery. The emotional crescendo of the show, Richard’s embrace with his mother, encapsulated the profound sentiment of the evening—an artist’s tribute to the man who nurtured his creative spirit.

“In times of great sadness and loss,” the show notes poignantly proclaimed, “comes a sense of reflection and calm.” Richard Quinn’s SS24 collection was the embodiment of this reflection, a harmonious blend of avant-garde edge and timeless elegance. It was a poignant ode to his father’s memory, leaving an indelible imprint on the collective psyche of the audience.

The collection itself boasted a mesmerizing array of eveningwear, where sparkling embroidered dresses danced alongside ruffled capes and intricately beaded gowns. Models’ makeup embodied a somber yet exquisite Victorian allure, deepening the contemplative aura of the show.

Quinn’s signature “model twins” made a captivating appearance, clad in blue and white floral satin ensembles adorned with graceful white feathers. This harmonious duality, coupled with the abundance of blue and white bouquets, symbolized the dualities of life and death, joy and sorrow.

The grand finale saw Canadian supermodel Jessica Stam elegantly closing the presentation, her flowing white cape and silver beaded jumpsuit a poignant reminder that art and emotion are inextricably intertwined. The audience, profoundly moved, rose in a collective ovation—an acknowledgment of Quinn’s artistry and his ability to transcend fashion’s boundaries.




Leticia Dare

Leticia Dare is the Fashion Director for ASVOF.