'The AW14 collection is an exploration of contrasting and complimentary patterns, colours and textures, I wanted to balance opposing elements of order/chaos and discretion/decadence and embrace elements of vulgarity to create a playful study of contemporary formal wear and modernist romance.'
It was a collision of the decadent 70s meets street style. The structure, form and craftsmanship of Richard Nicoll's Autumn/Winter 2014 collection combined with the vibrant colours of each piece impressed the audience.
From the titles of Brian Eno's 1975 album, 'Discreet Music', screen-printed jumpers namely 'BRUTAL' and 'DISCRETE', in turn colour matched the models' trousers in green and yellow respectively, are apt for the two contrasting words which define the two distinctive styles for A/W14.
Back to classics, but with a twist; bright red and blue tailoring was very present on the runway. Richard Nicoll's preppy boys sported formal wool jackets and long coats with a mixture of informal leather caps and sneakers. Bringing the collection more to the streets, bomber jackets in floral brocade, with leather sleeves or fur trim gave rise to a playful urban uniform.
Ruffle after ruffle made its way down the runway. A ruffly light organza shirt paired with matching fluid trousers offered in baby blue, citron and faded green were accompanied by a pair of metallic laced loafers - bringing these boys to the streets with a shiny kick.
The collection catered to all the senses - the touch, the taste, the smell, the sight and the sound - that strengthened and glamourised the modern and relevant Richard Nicoll boys.
Photos: Courtesy of The Communications Store