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Richard Nicoll

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SOFT POWER DRESSING
London: As demonstrated in his past collections, Richard Nicoll has a knack for crafting strong images out of characteristically-feminine components: pastel colors, delicate fabrics and lingerie-influenced pieces. This season, Nicoll did not look far for inspiration, translating his own menswear wardrobe staples into easy-to-wear separates and dresses that possessed a fluid elegance while cutting a sharp, powerful figure. Tuxedo jackets were hacked off the top, morphing into raw-edged frocks, and mannish blazers were softened with round shoulders and draped fronts. Pant options for Nicoll’s chic executive included easy wrapped trousers and chiffon maxi skirts in the new long and languid silhouette. While menswear pieces were rendered with a delicate hand, structured bustiers suggested an inner fembot, offering a striking contrast to plush velvet skirts that undulated from the hips. All the looks were tinted in dreamy washes of grey, terracotta and inky blue, the monochromatic schemes allowing Nicoll’s rich textures and quietly-powerful ensembles to shine in his most fully-realized collection to date.
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