The Queen makes surprise visit to front row of London Fashion Week

21 February 2018, 03:30 | Santos Harmon

Her Royal FROWness: The Queen Just Hit London Fashion Week & The Internet Exploded

Queen and Anna Wintour in London Fashion Week front row

So were Wintour's signature sunglasses, which, per usual, she didn't take off indoors ... which people thought was rude in the presence of the Queen.

The 91-year-old monarch, wearing a powder blue tweed dress and jacket by her personal advisor Angela Kelly, could be seen chatting with Wintour and clapping her black-gloved hands as models walked in British designer Richard Quinn's runway show.

Queen Elizabeth II is a VIP wherever she goes, but there's at least one rarified place the royal, to the best of our knowledge, has never occupied until now: front row at fashion.

The queen of fashion taking on, well, the Queen.

"From the tweed of the Hebrides to Nottingham lace, and of course Carnaby Street, our fashion industry has been renowned for outstanding craftsmanship for many years, and continues to produce world-class textiles and cutting edge, practical designs". The award was initiated in recognition of the role the fashion industry plays in society and diplomacy and will, from now on, be awarded annually to an emerging British fashion designer, who displays exceptional talent and originality.

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The Queen. At a fashion show.

"I think she's definitely a fashion icon".

Award-winner Quinn - who said he would like to design clothes for Meghan Markle - said the experience of having the Queen at his show was "surreal".

London-based designers are known for mishmashing unexpected sartorial elements.

The award itself has been designed by Lucy Price at Bauhinia Studios in Birmingham's jewellery quarter. Earlier in the day, she toured the Designer Showrooms, where she met with a handful of designers including NEWGEN members Grace Wales Bonner, Liam Hodges, Marta Jakubowski, Michael Halpern, Richard Malone and Phoebe English. The award recognizes British excellence in fashion and up-and-coming talent.



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