Find out how Richard Nicoll beat final-show-of-the-day exhaustion with his autumn/winter collection.
Having one of the last slots of the day over London Fashion Week is never easy; inevitably you’ll be faced with showing to exhausted editors whose entire day has been running fashionably late due to one show pushing back another. The crowd had come from far and wide across London to glimpse Richard Nicoll’s latest offering, and after somewhat of a fashion scrum to the door, only the select few of the mass were allowed in.
Nicoll wasn’t the first designer this season to carry on where they left with their men’s collection by embracing masculine features (albeit adding a twist of femmed-up glamour). Cropped tailored trousers fell above patent pointed heels and hung loosely from below slender hips with a crisp shirt in dark hues and crisp white tucked in; outerwear overshadowed the body in ridged structures; knitwear was relaxed yet still insouciantly smart.
Amidst the grey tones, bursts of vibrant orange embossed snakeskin brightened the grey surroundings of the Tate Modern, before succumbing to a more neutral palette of elegant eveningwear, which unfolded glistening satin with finely embroidered detail and sheer accents. Running onto the catwalk for a celebratory lap, Nicoll managed to lift the mood of a room full of run to the ground editors on a Sunday night – certainly not an easy feat for even the most accomplished of designers and a concrete cause for celebration.
Words: Millie Cotton
Images: Mark Rabadan