October 08, 2012 New York
Top of mind for Nichol this season was to hone her line's point of view. On the one hand, she's given an even freer hand to her romantic streak, incorporating tons of wispy silk and lace and introducing a few lingerie items, including a bra and panty set. On the other hand, lest all her sheers make you think Nichol impractical, she put the focus on short suiting and lightweight outerwear. An excellent, aggressively simplified A-line military coat came at functionality from one direction; a new range of fitted, mercerized cotton layering pieces came at it from another.
One additional note: Nichol occasionally bothers to make a superb hat. This season, she collaborated with Trivial on a few remarkable styles, built off vintage Japanese hat blocks and then manipulated and exaggerated. They'll be huge for editorial, though you'd have to be daring to try some of these mega-chapeaux on the street.