Richard Quinn’s fascination with the golden years of Parisian haute couture has been with him at least since he was a B.A. student at Central Saint Martins. Quinn’s new Fall/Winter 2022 collection is a testament to the craftsmanship and creativity reminiscent of mid-century couture, done up in ravishing florals, bright colors and quaint patterns.
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Yet an undercurrent of unease permeated this lavish fashion display: Limbs were often encased in black latex, and shoulders obscured by constructions on coats, dresses and jersey tops that engulfed the head, leaving only small, blinking faces exposed. The disquiet reached a few crescendos when a dominatrix, RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Violet Chachki, strolled out with her leashed, latex companion.
“It’s all protection”, said Richard Quinn. “Obviously we had the COVID-19 pandemic, but I think it’s more about fashion as an armor… a balance between the dark and the beautiful”.
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