When we last saw Richard Nicoll, a couple of weeks ago when he was still working on his new SS ’10 collection, he told us that he was a bit stressed about this season. But after just seeing it in all it’s gorgeous glory, it’s clear the designer had nothing to worry about! His show was the perfect end to day three of London Fashion Week and left the audience in a romantic mood. The first look out set the theme for the rest of the show: a slate grey botanical print top, edged with long fringing, paired with beautifully cut narrow silk trousers, accessorised with an Erickson Beamon jewelled rosette which was to become one of the themes of the collection. Inspired by a 19th Century book of Tahitian photography, Richard based the collection on the clothes the islanders were wearing in the pictures. Knotted and bowed skirts, tops, sarongs and jumpsuits in dusty pinks, lavender, baby blue, tobacco, slate grey and viridian, were embellished with grosgrain ribbon and fringed scarves. He even designed his own version of the Tahitian grass skirt in ribbon and fringe that was so wearable we want it in our wardrobe now. We loved the simplicity of a navy silk shift dress, paired with an oversized jewelled bib necklace, and the most elegant jumpsuit that has convinced us we might just start wearing them next season (Ok I know we’ve been saying that for a while but this time it’s true...) Richard also added in some of his metallic suiting that was once his signature only a few seasons ago. While we will covet one of his copper boyfriend jackets, it was a reminder of just how far Richard Nicoll has come. SS ’10 is a triumph for the Australian designer and is exactly the reason why LFW is once again attracting international press and buyers.
- Kay Barron