When the Queens of two worlds get together – England and Fashion – a style-off is inevitable. The Queen of England’s surprise visit to London Fashion Week’s British designer Richard Quinn’s runway show on Tuesday, lit up the crowd and their phones. The internet lit up too, with style and image talk.
From what the pair wore, to the etiquette implications of Wintour not removing her sunglasses when meeting the 91-year-old monarch, it’s all on the table for discussion. Gifs, memes, and possible fridge magnets are forecasted too; images of the two women who do inscrutable like no other, both staring unsmiling straight into the camera.
The award being presented to Quinn was designed by Angela Kelly, the woman who has crafted the Queen’s style for the past 26 years. It recognizes the role the fashion industry plays in both society and diplomacy.
Every year there are dozens of trends, but few of them polished enough for professional situations, or royalty. Here are five 2018 trends that will help you create a polished image steeped in high style, leading with Ana Wintour and The Queen’s LFW style moment:
- Floral Midi Dress – Ana Wintour demonstrates above that a floral midi dress looks polished every time, and especially this time sitting in the “frow” (front row) with The Queen of England. Tuck a floral midi dress into your carry on for warm weather conferences, golf course dinners, and other fashionable yet professional events this year.
- Structured Suits – Whether you opt for a skirt suit or dress suit, such as the pastel blue tweed type Queen Elizabeth wore in the first image, or a deeper shade like the periwinkle pantsuit shown above, structured suits read powerful and in control.
- Pencil Skirts – The Italian set usually have the stranglehold on sassy polish, says Vogue , but this season the Fifties wardrobe staple went global with Balenciaga, Hermès, and Off-White basing their collections around the pencil skirt. To wear it now, try your pencil skirt with a pair of spiky kitten heels. And simply wear runners (elevated versions) when commuting.
- Paintbox brights – the primary color palette celebrates fashion’s power to generate confidence. Adopt the look from head-to-toe (as seen at Marni, Roksanda, and Aalto), or tone it down by pairing with a more subdued hue as shown, and basic black or other neutral to keep the ensemble conservatively polished, yet forward looking.
- Red – Red – Red –It’s time pull out all the red in your closet, because red is having a moment. Be courageous and wear two red shades together.
Pro tips – the reds don’t have to match. Try a red blouse, for example, with a red pencil skirt and pull the look together with a light color shoe, or dark neutral shoe. The fewer colors you combine in one outfit, the more powerful the effect.