The Richard Nicoll collection in one word? Workwear. From the boxy trouser suits with low, pointed heels to the grey shift dresses and cocoon overcoats, this was a collection for the working girl.
Initially the colors were relatively depressing--grey, oh so muted, and a little bit drab. The setting didn’t help--the concrete Topshop space below the Tate Modern didn’t provide an inspiring background for such a pared back collection.
A chevron fur and leather mix dress provided some light relief to the heavy suiting and basic shifts, and the high-shine patent trench was a talking point as it came down the runway. A tangerine oversized biker jacket was seriously covetable, and was quickly followed by a coral sweater textured like crocodile print.
We would have liked to have seen Nicoll expand on this vein further--an evening gown with beads sewn in a crocodile pattern was interesting, but there could have been more.
Effectively these are clothes that are made to be worn, and the collection has serious commercial potential.