New Romantics and utility Shibori

Richard Nicoll SS15 preview
By Thomas Davis | Fashion | 13 June 2014
This article is part of Fashion Week – London, Milan, Paris, NYC

Richard Nicoll is all about technical clothing; a utilitarian uniform for the take no prisoners man. Where FW14 was founded in an air of old things made new, SS15 heralds the individual – the younger brother not afraid to wear a pair of lace ups (albeit customised Vans) with a suit. Combined with a hedonistic New Romantics attitude, it’s this confidence that here rises.

Richard Nicoll SS15

“The idea of elegant utility and contextualisation of fabrics and elements is something I really like and come back to each season, I have been looking at the New Romantics and technical sport elements mixed with artisanal and hand done techniques for SS15.

I was thinking about the idea of normal and how to make something very generally accepted as the norm more personal and individual, I wanted to make a uniform for everyday life that refers to the accepted but also has its own voice, it’s a celebration of the individual in a gang. I’ve taken a conceptual and wearable approach to American basics, it’s very pared back and believable but innovative too. It’s about innovating the familiar.

I think my man is developing a strong personality in a very wearable context, my approach is exactly the same as when I started but I’m developing more creative and conceptual pieces to sit alongside the selling component like technical outerwear over wearable paper and hand tied Shibori shirting.”

Richard Nicoll presents his SS15 collection on Sunday 15th June. Stay tuned to HERO for full fashion week coverage, from London, Florence, Milan and Paris


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