By Jill Brooke
Remember when Monday mornings we would get dressed for work or to go out and do errands?
Leave it to British fashion designer Richard Quinn to think forward and in the future.
“You’re back from outer space,” he explains of the inspirations from some of his recent creations.
Of course, when I hear that, I think of the lyrics from Gloria Gaynor’s song, “I Will Survive.”
Which is also relatable here because with nature pressing the pause button, and clearing the decks for our perceived perspectives and patterns of living, one wonders what will emerge artistically from fashion designers as well as artists.
Well, here’s an idea. These are some of the recent creations from this avant-garde designer who was the first person to receive the Queen’s British Design Award in 2018.
A staple of red carpet fashion choices because of his designs being such eye candy, Quinn is still creating even when we are in lockdown.
It seems that Quinn was destined for stardom; his career benchmarks have fallen into place like dominoes. At a student, he was awarded the Stella McCartney Scholarship at Central Saint Martins, where he was awarded a master of fashion degree. Following graduation, he won the H&M Design Award, including a 50,000-pound cash prize. With the prize money, he designed pieces that were sold at H&M stores.
We always love his creative use of floral fabrics and his vivid imagination.
One thing is for sure. After lockdown, people will want to party not like it’s 1984 but like 2021 when fashion will be living art and we can move to a brave new world of opportunities and fashion choices.
And Richard Quinn will surely be on the frontlines of whatever fashion trends take place for fashionistas. The question is will everyone else want futuristic clothing or prefer comfy and cozy?
Time will tell.
Jill Brooke is a former CNN correspondent, Post columnist and editor-in-chief of Avenue and Travel Savvy magazine. She is an author and the editorial director of FPD.