37 posts tagged "Richard Nicoll"
The Fall ’14 Ready-to-Wear collections are under way in London, and will be followed by the shows in Milan and Paris. Before the new clothes hit the runway, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Per usual, it’s a busy time for all—designers and fashion followers alike—so we’re continuing our split-second previews: tweet-length at 140 characters or less. Our entire collection of Fall ’14 previews is available here.
WHO: Richard Nicoll
WHEN: Sunday, February 16
WHAT: “Modernist romance. Aspirational realism. Masculine. Easy elegance. Texture blocking.” —Richard Nicoll. The designer sent us a Fall ’14 inspiration image, above.
The Fall ’14 menswear collections kick off in London on Monday, and will be followed by the shows at Florence’s Pitti Uomo, in Milan, and in Paris. Before the new clothes hit the runway, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Per usual, it’s a busy time for all—designers and fashion followers alike—so we’re continuing our split-second previews: tweet-length previews at 140 characters or less. Our entire collection of Fall ’14 previews is available here.
WHO: Richard Nicoll
WHEN: Monday, January 6
WHAT: “Fall ’14 is an exploration of contrasting and complimentary patterns, colors and textures—a balance of order/chaos and discretion/decadence.”—Richard Nicoll. The designer sent us a Fall ’14 look, above.
Fashion Rules—a new exhibition at London’s Kensington Palace showcasing twenty-one gowns once worn by Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret, and Princess Diana—provides a peek at the royals’ wardrobes. “These three women were perhaps the most high-profile dressers of their time,” offered the show’s curator, Cassie Davies-Strodder. “Whatever they wore was photographed by international press and seen worldwide. The influence they had on fashion was bar none, and from a historical perspective, we felt it was critical to highlight that.” Now open to the public, the show comes before the much-anticipated September release of Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Diana biopic, in which Naomi Watts stars as the People’s Princess.
Sponsored by Estée Lauder, the exhibition’s opening party was held on Thursday evening at the Palace (once home to Queen Victoria, Princess Diana, and now the Duchess of Cambridge and Wills). And while the historic home’s new renovations—including a majestic stone hall with a thoroughly modern blue light sculpture by Loop.pH, quirky wallpaper boasting illustrations of Diana by artist Julie Verhoeven, and brick walls adorned with Mario Testino-lensed portraits of Princess Di—nearly overshadowed the dresses, several stood out. Key pieces include a gold caftan and turban worn by the party-loving Princess Margaret for a fete in Mustique (above), five gowns worn by the Queen in the fifties (below), and several Bruce Oldfield looks for Princess Diana. Oldfield himself was in attendance, joined by Poppy Delevingne, Tali Lennox, Minnie Driver, and Mr. Selfridge‘s Jeremy Piven. Designers Manolo Blahnik, Erdem Moralioglu, Richard Nicoll, Henry Holland, and Marios Schwab also stopped by to survey the scene. Continue Reading “Fit for a Queen” »
Nudes on clothes. It’s a novel concept, and one that’s emerging as a trend on the London runways. Richard Nicoll has long collaborated with Linder Sterling—a British artist informed by Manchester’s seventies punk scene—and for Spring, the latter whipped up a montage of reptile and avian patterns atop vintage gay pornography. “I found the source material in a bookshop in Barcelona, and Linder treated it with snakes and birds of prey,” Nicoll told Style.com. “She almost always uses the body as a canvas for her collages. Look three—the bomber jacket—is my favorite.”
In both his men’s Spring and women’s Resort ’14 collections, Christopher Kane webbed 3-D grids to create naked female torsos and male skulls. The images lent a lo-fi, diagrammatic pop to simple T-shirts and sweatshirts.
And finally, Sibling—the riotous knitwear label founded by East End cool kids Joe Bates, Sid Bryan and Cozette McCreery—anchored its collection around a pinup-girl theme. At times, that girl found herself undressed and in various states of undulation across a number of allover prints. “We found the inspiration through World War II plane imagery, as well as vintage T-shirts,” McCreery told Style.com. “We were also after that West Side Story feel of young guys and girlie images. It’s almost quite innocent.”
Androgynous, seasonless, and timeless—these were the buzzwords in Richard Nicoll‘s mind when he was designing his capsule collection for UK retailer Matchesfashion.com. Available from May 22, the thirteen-piece line (which starts at $130) offers crisp, clean his and hers wares, like chino skirts and trousers in dusty blue and wine, color-blocked jersey tees, knobby angora knits, and slick minimal bomber jackets in navy, for women, and burgundy, for men. “I wanted to play on unisex signatures to create an efficient capsule wardrobe of versatile classics,” Nicoll told Style.com, noting that he focused on pieces that could be layered and worn in different combinations year-round. “The range is what I have been describing as the ‘Special Normal’—easy to wear…wardrobe [essentials],” he added. As is often the case with Nicoll’s designs, small, subtle details are key. For instance, a slim leather collar elevates a blue oxford shirt from staple to “special.” The collection debuts in a Nicoll-styled shoot (above, and below) exclusively on Style.com.