2018 has been a huge year for London-based designer Richard Quinn – and we’ve barely reached the half way mark. First, there was the headline-making moment in February when Queen Elizabeth II sat alongside Anna Wintour on the front row of his London Fashion Week show – marking the first time that she has attended a catwalk show in her 65 year reign. Then, Amal Clooney wore a bespoke piece from the designer – a striking bodice, train and trousers hybrid embellished with Quinn’s signature bold florals – at the Met Gala. Now, the 28-year-old CSM grad has joined forces with Debenhams to bring us an 11-piece occasionwear collection that’s both affordable and covetable.
The collaboration, which is priced between £65 and £125, showcases the graphic botanical prints that have fast become Quinn’s trademark; some have been drawn especially for Debenhams, while others are from the designer’s back catalogue. That’s not to say that the print-averse among us have been left wanting. Bardot dresses in red or blue velvet adorned with another Quinn hallmark, an outsize bow, are available in midi and mini lengths respectively, and the collection also features an elegant design that riffs on the classic little black dress.
Other standouts include an off-the-shoulder prom dress in a blue textured floral print and a midi-length style in yellow with statement sleeves, both of which we expect to see doing the Instagram rounds once wedding season is in gear. And while it’s not all about the dresses - we could easily see the Bardot-necked jumpsuit in a painterly print becoming a summer eveningwear staple – it’s hard to argue that the real showstopper is the full-length evening dress in that same painterly print, complete with a sweeping, Amal-esque cape at the back. Who needs a Met ticket?
Shop our favourite styles from the Richard Quinn collection in the gallery below...
Blue textured floral print bandeau full length evening dress, £125shop
Pink floral print midi dress, £79