Richard Quinn‘s spring/summer 2022 show at London Fashion Week is an odyssey in colour and shape. Audacious statements in bold primary hues come by way of oversized and overstuffed bags, dramatic thigh-high boots, and all over ensembles in red, yellow, green and purple. These looks wrap the models sometimes from head to toe, like living Christo and Jeanne-Claude installations, which is befitting as the Arc du Triomphe, Wrapped, opened in Paris just days ago.
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The silhouettes are exaggerated and theatrical. Trench coats, aviator jackets and vinyl jackets are topped off with dramatic up-shrugged shoulders. Fully studded biker jackets are weaponised with clusters of three-inch spikes on the shoulder and arms. Elsewhere, offbeat volume was created through quilted puffer vests, in Quinn’s signature graphic floral prints, and billowing technical fabrics in zesty block colours.
A new pant paradigm is created by stretching the fabric over shoes, in a new take on the “pantalegging”. These appear throughout the collection in vibrant colours and prints, peeking out from under full split skirts and worn under peplum bustiers.
This is a collection that signals an exuberant return to a fully physical Fashion Week that throws subtlety to the wind.
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