Friday, 18 September 2009

Ones to Watch - Dean Quinn

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There were whoops before the lights had even come on, from the most enthusiastic fashion show audience ever to have graced the Earth.  It was deserving. With slicked-back hair and a fashionably moody face the first model hit the runway. Quinn’s trademark shoulders were instantly evident, as were the little conveyor belts of vertical high-shine beading that lined hems and seams and glinted in the light. 

Textured shirt dresses, bottom-skimming skirts and a cream blazer worn with nothing but sky scraper heels lent his collection the sort of ultra-sex beholden only to the 1980s.  Armour-esque shoulder pads toughened up sweet grey culottes, and, just for good measure,  the roll-neck put in an appearance.  There was multi-dimensional structuring, tops sheltering beaded peplums and monochrome paneling sheathing trim legs and torsos.  Waists were high, colours were muted and legs were bare as bare can be.  The stand-out piece from the collection – and this Fashion Scout’s favourite – was the blue body-con dress with sheer, pleated panels gliding down its front.  But really, we’d settle for any of it.  Or all of it.  Please..?! Emma Hopkinson

Images: David Coleman

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