Richard Nicoll’s signature tailoring and androgynous blend of menswear and womenswear takes a preppy, sporty turn on the Spring/Summer 2014 runway.
Though luxurious sportswear is nothing new, especially after all we saw in New York, Nicoll’s approach was a touch more sophisticated and artistic. He showed lots of crisp, eye-catching prints like barely-there gingham checks, tan houndstooth, and referee stripes. His use of sheer paneling was on-trend, but directional at the same time. There was a long, smocked button-up with detachable, zippered panels at the hem and a sheer-fabric underlay, a blazer sporting long, sheer sleeves and paired with shorts, and several tops sporting short, sheer sleeves. He lightly layered some of the looks together, like a prim and trim stack of sleeveless vests, sleeveless tops, and tiny shorts. There were also simple white frocks crisscrossed with black piping, and later the same look in reverse. The latter portion of the show relied on this same tidy simplicity – floaty tunics, gauzy tiered slip dresses in baby pink, contrast-striped separates, and crocheted sweaters so fine that they resembled mesh. This neat, no-nonsense range embraces creative patterns and layering techniques for a presentation that is wearable, forgiving, and exactly what we’re looking forward to wearing next season.
Photos: Courtesy of GoRunway