Studio Visits: Richard Nicoll

17 September 2009

In celebration of London Fashion Week, Grazia's fashion editor-at-large Melanie Rickey drops in to designers at their studios as they prepare to show their S/S '10 collections...

Wednesday 16 September 2009: Richard Nicoll

When we visited Richard yesterday at his Shoreditch studio it was his birthday, but he’s postponing celebrations until after his show this Sunday, 20 September at the Topshop space. Sensible man.

GRAZIA: So Richard, what’s the inspiration for your S/S '10 catwalk collection?
RICHARD NICOLL: It’s all about escapism and tribalism. I designed the collection while I was on holiday, I wanted that feeling of freedom to it that comes when you check out from day to day life and indulge in some well earned frivolity.

G: Mmmm. We like that.
RN: Yeah, it’s what summer is all about. Mental freedom. So I’ve looked at Tahitian prints. Sarongs. Grass skirts. High luxe cocktail dresses. Slouch tailoring. I’ve even done a luxe version of a grass skirt! Actually I’ve mixed it with tasselling and created the most amazing cocktail dress – I call it my Tina Turner dress!

G: So talk us through your essentials for the season, and the colours?
RN: Oh that would be telling, but let's say I’m building on my signatures. Girls love my cocktail dresses, we have some very special pieces combining corsetry and sarong slouch which I love. I’ve developed an amazing pale blue denim shot through with silver metallic thread with a Japanese mill that I love. And of course my loose silk tanks, jumpsuits, body-contouring jackets all in pale, pearlised colours that bring out a girl's beauty.

G: Any new collaborations?
RN: I’m working with Jonathan Kelsey on my shoes for the first time, and he has created the most amazing metallic snakeskin high heeled sandals that I will have to keep a close eye on after the show, in case the models run off with them! Also I’m working with Topshop again, and have a new collection in the pipeline for next February.

G: Any hints on the music for your show?
RN: The American band Animal Collective plays a big part, and a guy called Panda Bear.

G: Thanks Richard. See you at the show.


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