Richard Nicoll's A/W 2013 collection showed a lightness of touch, blending textures and colour with ease. Shying away from autumnal cliches, Nicoll's models had a certain spring in their step with silk nightie style dresses and PVC minis with bare legs in a palette of orange, coral and gentle hues of grey.
Opening with an elegant line up of mannish tailoring in dove-like shades, Nicoll's ability to fuse the feminine and masculine was as impressive. Stand out pieces included an oversized, colour block overcoat and immaculately cut slim trousers.
Layered textures are set to be one of the new season's biggest trends, and Nicoll offered up a tempting smorgasbord of tactile fabrics. Take his combination of a grey PVC knee length skirt, simple cotton shirt and peachy mohair sweater. Or the slightly iridescent croc embossed silks in zesty shades of orange. Furry chevron motifs were also seen the front panels of a navy leather dress.
Nicoll hadn't forgotten his longstanding commitment to a sports chic, and the real beauty to this collection was its wearability. From the low block heels to the real life factor of his separates - those skirt 'n' sweater combos make for perfect officewear - everything was infused with a clean and modern freshness.
Adding a shot of pure romance, the second skin silk slips in seafoam and palest pink which closed the collection were sensual and naive. Like much in this collection these boudoir ready frocks were sexy without being overt. There are sure to be plenty of girls looking to tap that tune for the season ahead.
Words by Katherine Ormerod