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Looking Back at Richard Nicoll’s Best Work in Fashion

Monday 24 October 2016
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On Friday 21st October, British fashion designer Richard Nicoll passed away aged just 39. Nicoll was a talented designer, with his graduate collection reportedly being so good that Dolce and Gabbana bought all of it. As well as his collections for his own label, he worked for fashion houses Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Cerruti Paris and top high street brands Topshop and Jack Wills. He was the creative director for Jack Wills until January of this year, and was set to start at Adidas in January 2017. To celebrate this gifted designer’s legacy, we look back on some of his greatest contributions to fashion.

SS15 Collection


Nicoll’s SS15 collection featured shimmering sheer fabrics, dreamy pastel colours and metallic, holographic pieces. Disney sponsored the sporty collection, and Tinkerbell’s influence was certainly evident in its showstopper: a fibre optic dress that glowed in the dark. Studio XO provided the fibre optic lights and Nicoll perfectly incorporated Disney’s sponsorship without going overboard, taking fantastical inspiration in just the right amount.


Bridal Collection for Topshop


In 2012 Nicoll designed ‘Tie the Knot,’ a gorgeous bridal collection for Topshop, featuring lace shift dresses in blush pink and white, and a floor length dress. His contemporary designs brought wedding dresses right up to date, rejecting traditionally elaborate dresses for simple dresses that are more relaxed and easier to wear but still feminine and pretty.


Nicoll’s Menswear Collections


In 2012 Nicoll began designing menswear collections, launching his debut at London Collections Men SS13. Sticking to the similar aesthetics of his womenswear, the garments were relaxed and practical, often featured shiny fabrics and a gorgeous array of colours, including almost every shade of blue.

Richard Nicoll x Fred Perry Laurel Wreath


Nicoll brought his regular use of glossy fabrics to his designs for Fred Perry‘s ‘Laurel Wreath’ collection, with shiny skirts and jackets seen back in AW11. Of course, Nicoll incorporated the brand’s trademark laurel wreath in numerous creative ways: boldly emblazoned across knitwear, subtly on the breast of a shirt or combined in a print.


Sweaty Betty x Richard Nicoll


London Fashion Week 2014 saw a limited edition collection between Nicoll and sportswear brand Sweaty Betty founder Tamara Hill-Norton. Combining high fashion and fitness clothing, the eight-piece collection gave athletic staples such as leggings, shorts and sports bras an elegant update with Nicoll’s iconic pastel hues and reflective, high tech fabrics.