It seems like it’s been a while since we’ve been presented with a new designer that can really shake up the marketplace. We’re always on the look out for the next big thing and hundreds of designers come forward every year hoping to grab the attention of editors and buyers around the globe. I alone, as merely a blogger, receive dozens of emails a week from individuals trying to drum up press about their lines. Thus far I have had to write back to nearly every designer or their PR and explain that while their collection is a good start I didn’t feel it was something that was quite right for me or for my readers. I know I can’t speak for you, dear reader, but I can try and only put the very best in front of you. You might not always like my choices but I am open to criticism and most of the time you are all very forthcoming with comments on posts. Obviously I’m setting you up for something here.
This afternoon I received an email from the PR at The House of Quinn. I haven’t heard about this brand previous to this introductory email. Although, immediately I was grabbed by the first paragraph in which the PR explained The House of Quinn’s line was called “Death Becomes Her” and “incorporates research from British taxidermy collections and the processes of creating a taxidermy specimen and by the inner workings of the animal form, looking at muscle structure to inspire texture and surface manipulation to create a unique six-piece collection.”
Hello, mama! Who isn’t going to be interested in that? I wasn’t really sure what I would find when I opened the accompanying pdf but I couldn’t open it fast enough. I am an open lover of all things fur and leather so you can bet that a collection testing boundaries with taxidermy and fashion is one thing I can definitely get behind! I wasn’t disappointed with the result either. The prints are absolutely inspired and although they have an aspect of fantasy they would easily fit in on any international designer shop floor (that is meant as an ultimate compliment). It’s almost as if it’s a direct channel of early Alexander McQueen. In fact the entire collection reminds me of a very early Lee McQueen line that involved similar outrageous prints and lifelike accessories. Designer Julian Quinn takes what McQueen started and pushes it to the next level. This is a level that not all will be comfortable with but certainly one that all will talk about.
Here are some visuals to give you a better idea of why I am so excited:
This is not the last time you will see The House of Quinn. Julius Quinn is destined for great things and we can’t wait to watch the red carpet roll out for him. The big news currently is his invitation to Berlin Fashion Week. Will it be Paris or London next? Quinn, come to London. We’ll take care of you! Best of luck from Fashion Foie Gras and please keep us in the loop as your career skyrockets!