Anna wintour fashion show

Anna wintour fashion show

Published: 20:42 BST, 20 February 2018 | Updated: 10:42 BST, 21 February 2018

She's known as the ice queen of the fashion world, but even Anna Wintour found it hard to keep her cool when she landed a spot next to the Queen at Richard Quinn's runway show yesterday.

For her Fashion Week debut, the monarch sat next to the uncharacteristically nervous US Vogue boss, along with British Fashion Council chief Caroline Rush, before the pair eventually relaxed in her presence.

And according to body language expert and leading communications coach Robin Kermode, their relaxed demeanour could be down to the Queen putting the woman, who was reportedly the inspiration behind Meryl Streep's fearsome Devil Wears Prada character, at ease with her 'genuine, open smile'.

Here, we reveal what the fashionistas' body language revealed - and what the Queen really thought of the show. 

1. An open smile to help fellow VIPs relax

As music blared out from speakers and the models made their way past the monarch in brightly-coloured fabrics, she looked slightly bemused at first but could late be seen chatting animatedly with Ms Wintour

Remind you of anyone? The monarch looked on as a model strutted down the catwalk in a flowing cape - reminiscent of her own ceremonial robes 

The risqué designs drew bemused looks from the monarch, in particular a zip-up strapless snakeskin dress and boots

VIP treatment: The Queen was seated in her own Philippe Starck Perspex 'ghost' chair, worth around £200, with arm rests and a velvet cushion unlike her fellow front row audience members

The monarch looks on as models wearing Quinn's surreal designs parade down the catwalk on Tuesday afternoon

The royal looked unconvinced by some of Quinn's more avant garde designs, including a black leather coat teamed with a neon green helmet and polka dot tights

The monarch looked somewhat bemused as she watched models wearing flamboyant designs tread the runway, including a golden helmet paired with snakeskin boots (left) and a colourful pleated robe in a graphic print (right)

The monarch looked somewhat bemused as she watched models wearing flamboyant designs tread the runway, including a golden helmet paired with snakeskin boots (left) and a colourful pleated robe in a graphic print (right)

Body language expert Robin revealed the Queen appeared to genuinely enjoying herself during her LFW debut on Tuesday, her upbeat appearance and open smile helping to relax those around her

A body language expert suggested that the Queen's open expression indicated that she was genuinely interested in the catwalk show 

After analysing pictures of the trio on the front row, Robin noted that the Queen appeared to genuinely enjoy herself, with her upbeat appearance helping to relax those around her.

'This completely open smile is one we recognise,' he said. 'It’s not easy to be that relaxed in front of the cameras, as we saw on Sunday night with most of the presenters at the BAFTAs. 

'Her smile reaches the upper, outer corner of her eyes, bringing the whole face into a genuine'.

2. Anna's 'wringing' hands betrayed tense mood

At the beginning of the show Anna was seen wringing her hands, appearing to look anxious as she leaned away from the royal

The royal could be seen chatting animatedly to Vogue editor Anna Wintour, who raised eyebrows by keeping her shades on

The monarch choose a poweder blue Angela Kelly suit with a diamond brooch for her Fashion Week debut today

Putting everyone at ease! The Queen's friendly demeanour helped her front row cohorts to feel equally relaxed 

The royal looked deep in thought as she took in some of the designs from Quinn's style showcase this afternoon

At the beginning of the show Anna was seen wringing her hands, appearing to look anxious as she leaned away from the royal. 

Commenting on the body language Robin said: 'We can’t see what the Queen was watching here but she was looking string and centred. 

'Anna Wintour shifted her body away from Her Majesty and had stiff, slightly forced and tight lip corners making her look slightly uncomfortable and formal.'

3. Shades as 'armour' showed she's not such an ice queen - while Queen enjoyed her first taste of Fashion Week

While British Fashion Council Caroline Rush appeared more at ease sitting with the Queen, Anna still looked slightly fraught throughout the show, wringing her hands

New tradition: The Award, initiated in recognition of the role the fashion industry plays for the U.K, will be awarded annually by a member of the Royal Family to an emerging British fashion designer of both exceptional talent and originality

Seated next to Anna Wintour, the Queen looked to be in high spirits as she took in some of Quinn's vibrant designs

The perennially stylish Vogue boss paired her floral Alexander McQueen dress with a faux fur coat and knee-high boots

While British Fashion Council CEO Caroline Rush appeared more at ease sitting with the Queen, Anna still appeared slightly fraught throughout the show.

The US Vogue editor opted to keep her sunglasses on throughout the show, having recently admitted she sees the shades as a form of 'armour'.

Revealing that the Queen looked genuinely interested, Robin commented: 'Her Majesty was again looking totally engaged. Anna Wintour on the left rather oddly decided to wear sunglasses whilst talking to The Queen.'

Continuing to delve into Anna's body language, he added: 'You would never catch HM wearing dark glasses when talking to someone who isn’t also wearing them and probably not indoors.

'Anna Wintour was digging her right nails into her left hand as a way of dealing with nerves and as a comforting gesture. It showed she was not totally relaxed in this scenario. 

'Even though we could not see her eyes under the glasses, the smile looked slightly forced as the upper part of the face doesn’t seem completely congruent.'

4. Mirroring each other's body language 

As the show developed the women were seen relaxing, with all three of them displaying a smile as they watched the show

LFW debut: The first recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Award was British fashion designer Richard Quinn, whose runway show the Queen watched today (pictured)

However as the show developed the women were seen relaxing, with all three of them smiling as they watched the show.

Crediting the Queen for making them feel at ease, Robin observed: 'Both women next to her had their weight slightly leaning in towards The Queen. 

'This showed just how comfortable The Queen made them feel - they could have opted for the neutral, even weight stance.'

And the women's body language appeared to mirror each other, with Robin adding: 'All three women held their hands together. The outer two women held theirs lower, which was a very relaxed position, considering who they were sitting next to.

'The Queen, as usual, opted for an even weight, very centred stance, with her hands comfortably on her lap. Her open face suggested she was genuinely interested in what she was looking at.'

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Extraordinary moment Her Majesty takes her seat alongside Anna Wintour in her first EVER front row appearance at Fashion Week (but Vogue boss raises eyebrows by keeping her shades on)  

She was described as the nation's most reluctant style icon.

So it was fitting that the Queen took her place FROW - Front Row, in fashion speak - at London Fashion Week for the first time at the age of 91.

Next to her, appropriately, was the Queen of Style, Dame Anna Wintour, arguably the most influential woman in fashion.

The editor-in-chief of American Vogue (and the inspiration, it is said, for the book The Devil Wears Prada) refused to take off her trademark oversized glasses as the two women sat together side by side on the edge of the runway. 

The monarch appeared to be enjoying her first taste of Fashion Week as she spoke to fashion insiders seated on the FROW

The usually steely magazine editor appeared to have lots to say as she and the Queen discussed Quinn's designs

The US Vogue editor kept on a pair of oversized sunglasses as she watched models parade down the runway at Quinn's show

Despite reportedly looking 'bemused' as the music blared out, the Queen appeared to be enjoying Quinn's style showcase

Her Majesty was seen enjoying the fashion show ahead of presenting Richard Quinn with an award

The Queen's sudden appearance on the runway for Richard Quinn's show, escorted by the chief executive of the British Fashion Council, Caroline Rush, caused a gasp of astonishment.

She, however, quietly took her seat - her own Philippe Starck Perspex 'ghost' chair worth around £200, with arm rests and a velvet cushion - alongside Dame Anna Wintour, who, while refusing to take off her glasses, did stand as a mark of respect.

Commenting on Wintour's shades, etiquette expert William Hanson told MailOnline: 'The Queen of Fashion meets The Queen, but sadly has got it wrong here. Whilst Anna Wintour's fashion choices usually are faultless her etiquette today is far from on trend.' 

The Queen was attending the biggest annual event for the British fashion industry for the first time in her reign to present the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design.

The Queen, who wore smart black gloves and patent heels, gave a modest round of applause during the show's encore

The monarch, who was described as Caroline Rush as being a 'fashion icon', looked intrigued by some of the surreal designs at Quinn's show

BFC Chief Executive Caroline Rush gave a short speech before the monarch took to the stage to present the award

New friends? The monarch seemed to be getting on famously with so-called Ice Queen Anna Wintour 

visits the BFC Show Space, 180 The Strand, London to present designer Richard Quinn with an Award

The Award, initiated in recognition of the role the fashion industry plays for the U.K, will be awarded annually by a member of the Royal Family to an emerging British fashion designer of both exceptional talent and originality, but one who also demonstrates a social conscience and/or sustainable policies.

The Queen's visit to the London Fashion Week headquarters in The Strand in London had been kept strictly secret and her low-key arrival caused a ripple of astonishment among those normally too fashionable to create a scene.

Accompanying the Queen, who was wearing a duck egg blue Swarovski crystal studded suit, was her closest confidante, Angela Kelly, Personal Advisor to Her Majesty (The Queen's Wardrobe), who as well as designing the monarch's outfit came up with the idea of the award.

As music blared out from speakers and the models made their way past the monarch in brightly-coloured fabrics, she looked slightly bemused at first but could late be seen chatting animatedly with Ms Wintour.

At the end of the show she clapped briefly, but politely, as the fashion crowd whooped and cheered the designer.

Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council (BFC), then took to the floor to address the audience from the runway, saying: 'I would like to formally welcome Her Majesty The Queen to London Fashion Week.

'Your Majesty, it is a true honour to have you here and to have your support for British fashion.' 

She described the Queen as being a fashion icon, who challenged many of the 'norms' when she came to the throne by what she wore, saying: 'Throughout your reign you have embraced fashion, using its power of diplomacy to communicate understanding between cultures and nations.

'Having visited the exhibition of your wardrobe at Buckingham Palace, we learnt that you had to challenge some of the norms, some of the dress codes that had been designed for men, making us in awe of how you have reflected the changes in our society.

'As our monarch you have worked with incredible designers, highlighted great crafts associated with our industry such as millinery, textiles and embroidery. 

'Your Majesty, I know that you do not wish to be known as a fashion icon, but for all of us in this room, who have the utmost respect for you, and also for the hard work, diligence, cultural impact of our industry, we know that you undoubtedly are.'

After watching Quinn's style showcase, the Queen took to the podium to present the inaugural award to the British designer

The Queen looked to be in high spirits after watching her first ever LFW show as she presented the trophy to Quinn today

The Queen looks fascinated as she surveys an intricate gold jewellery design, accompanied by BFC CEO Caroline Rush

After watching the show, the monarch could be seen removing her glasses from her Launer handbag to give a short speech

An animated Queen appeared to be very much enjoying her debut on the front row at London Fashion Week

She then invited the Queen to present her inaugural award to London-born Richard Quinn.

Taking to the catwalk to address the audience, the Queen said: 'It is a great pleasure to be here at London Fashion Week today.

'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.

'As a tribute to the industry, and as my legacy to all those who have contributed to British fashion, I would like to present this award for new, young talent.

'I would like to thank the British Fashion Council for selecting the first winner - Richard Quinn.'

Afterwards Richard Quinn described the award as an ‘absolute honour’ and said he was touched that her first visit to London Fashion Week had been to his show.

Still stylish at 91: The royal changed from her earlier outfit into a glamorous powder blue ensemble featuring Paris seam detail, patched pockets and trimmed with a darker shade of duck egg blue. She also wore a sparkling diamond brooch

Following her front row debut, the monarch presented the award to British designer Richard Quinn whose show she watched

The Queen listened as Rush gave a speech to the VIP visitors. She said: 'Your Majesty, it is a true honour to have you here and to have your support for British fashion'

The Queen took in the show with Anna Wintour (third left) and Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council (left)

The stylish trio were dressed in Burberry, Angela Kelly and Alexander McQueen as they watched the style showcase

Quick change: For her front row debut, the stylish royal wore an Angela Kelly duck egg blue tweed dress and jacket embellished with tiny aquamarine Swarovski crystals

Style plaudits: In a speech following the runway show, Rush described the Queen as being a fashion icon, who challenged many of the 'norms' when she came to the throne by what she wore, saying: 'Throughout your reign you have embraced fashion, using its power of diplomacy to communicate understanding between cultures and nations'

‘It was really surreal when I looked at the seats before the show and saw the seats and the blue cushion there. I hit me that ‘oh, this isn’t a prank!’ It was really nice, though. It is a real privilege for me.

‘The Queen is just iconic. She was, I believe, the first female Royal to wear trousers. So she is cutting edge in her own right.

‘There was actually a nod to her in my collection with the use of Balmoral scarves and colour. ‘

Asked who he would like to design for, Mr Quinn admitted it would be new Royal fiancé Meghan Markle.

‘I think she’s at the head of that new age of royals,’ he said. I don’t think she could ask for me to make her wedding dress though.’ 

The monarch chats to newcomer Harvy Santos, who designed a leather and stud crown based on Queen Victoria's travelling crown and looked delighted to show some of his latest designs to the Queen 

A world away from the royal wardrobe! The monarch views a display of avant garde hats during her visit to the BFC Show Space in London today. She wore a powder blue Angela Kelly suit and a handbag by her favourite designer, Launer

Queen of style! The royal is making her inaugural visit to London Fashion Week - details of which were shrouded in secrecy until her arrival - to present the new Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design (seen here admiring a jewellery display)

Taking a tour: Following the Queen's arrival, she viewed a millinery exhibition curated by the legendary Stephen Jones and viewed some jewellery on display

Debut: The Queen is set to take a place in the coveted FROW - front row - at London Fashion Week this afternoon, for the first time in her record-breaking reign

When the Queen met the fashion pack: The monarch was introduced to fashion insiders by Caroline Rush before taking her seat

The Queen could be seen leaving the venue, accompanied by Caroline Rush, after watching the show this afternoon

The monarch looked to be in good spirits as she left The Strand, marking the end of her first ever visit to London Fashion Week

Firm friends: The pair appeared to be getting along famously as they waved each other off on a drizzly evening

Admiration: During a speech about Her Majesty today, Rush noted that she 'had to challenge some of the norms, some of the dress codes that had been designed for men, making us in awe of how you have reflected the changes in our society'

 

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