Womenswear designer, Catherine Quin launches her new collection and ‘Women of Grace’ campaign with a Literary Tea at Maison Assouline on Piccadilly.
This is the second iteration of her campaign created to celebrate and empower the modern woman.
“This year I have been particularly struck by a list of exceptional women who have remained resolutely graceful in the face of hostility. ” says Quin. “From Gina Miller who fought for democracy in the courts over Brexit, to Dr Blasey Ford’s powerful court testimony, and Cressida Dick blazing a trail for diversity in the police force; these women displayed extraordinary graceful defiance that everyone can aspire to.”
Woman of Grace, Gina Miller read an extract from her new book, ‘Rise’, as well as UK Head of
Corporate Sustainability for BNP Parabas and #MeToo crusader, Anjuli Pandit, Women for Women Founder Britta Fernandez Schmidt, and Quin herself, who all read from their favourite pieces of feminist literature.
Quin eschewed a traditional presentation in favour of an immersive experience in which her muses acted as models, including: chef Jemima Jones; gallerist Sophie Oakley, artist Polly Morgan, literary agent Sophie Dolan, interior designers Joyce Sitterly and Fran Hickman, textile designer Tiphane DeLussy, architect Zoe Chan, writer Lou Stoppard, event producer Fiona Leahy.
Guests were transported into a vintage library surrounded by first edition and vintage art books.
Le Monde Beryl footwear designer Lily Hanbury and New York based jewellery designer Monique Pean accessorised the women. Troubled by the gender wage gap, Quin is donating 25% percentage of profits from her campaign to SmartWorks, which helps and supports vulnerable women get back into work by providing interview coaching and clothing.