15 September 2013

Richard Nicoll Spring Summer 2014 Show Report: Mannish Monochrome VS Pretty Pastels

Following on from his critically acclaimed autumn/winter season of wipe-clean macs, fluffy jumpers, super-sharp pencil skirts and expert tailoring, Richard Nicoll presented his spring/summer 2014 collection in the unglamorous surroundings of a carpark. He showed us the girl we wish we could be next season, or at least how we want to dress.

Nicoll started off proceedings with a monochrome colour palette; dogtooth was cleverly applied to cotton, chiffon and sequinned onto jumpers and worn with layered soft chiffon skirts. More black and white came in gingham and candy stripes, but in mannish tailored silhouettes and structured dresses typical of Nicoll's signature. For the dresses, panels of contrasting stripes where juxtaposed which only served to highlight the form of the female body - power dressing at its best. Other dresses were softened with t-shirt shaped chiffon worn over the top.

This boyish charm prevailed with long sleeveless coats and blazers and slim-fitting trousers worn with crisp white shirts, but these were given more sparkling treatment with lurex running through in stripes making the case for both day and night wear. The lurex and pops of bubble-gum pink gave a hint of girly-ness without letting it get too sickly sweet. It's boy meets girl here - and boy definitely likes what he sees.

Another successful partnership with Manolo Blahnik saw modern looking block heels of mid and high height which we couldn't help but fall in love with. Our current girl crush and Brit model of the moment Sam Rollinson modelled in the show which ended the second day of the London Fashion Week on a high.

Report by Gemma Hayward


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