Richard Nicoll’s perfect pre-fall with MATCHESFASHION.COM

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‘As streetstyle has got more over the top, so fashion has simplified, perhaps as a reaction to the proliferation of bloggers’ notice-me looks.’ mused MeriMedia’s Remi Paringaux at recent conference Digital Fashion 2013. And London-based designer Richard Nicoll is inarguably at the vanguard of the burgeoning trend for a new, modern simplicity which looks set to explode (in a very clean way, of course) for AW13.  Get ahead of the curve in his only pre-fall collection, a neat line of men and women’s pieces available exclusively at MATCHESFASHION.COM.

Richard Nicoll exclusive at MATCHESFASHION.COM. Photo: Luca Campri at 2DM. Models: Binx at Next Model Management and Benjamin Jarvis at Tomorrow Is Another Day. Hair: Kevin Ford at DWM. Make-up: Janeen Witherspoon at Julian Watson.

Richard Nicoll exclusive at MATCHESFASHION.COM. Photo: Luca Campri at 2DM. Models: Binx at Next Model Management and Benjamin Jarvis at Tomorrow Is Another Day. Hair: Kevin Ford at DWM. Make-up: Janeen Witherspoon at Julian Watson.

Since launching his own label in 2006, Nicoll’s signature aesthetic has made him the go-to for enduring but special style staples – clean, beautifully-finished designs that will genuinely see you through 24/7. ‘“Perfect boring” and “special normal” are terms I came up with to explain my designs when I was working on my main collection.’ explains Nicoll, talking to Matches’ Tilly Macalister-Smith in The Style Report, ‘I really thought about those terms when I was working on this capsule line. I aim to produce simple clothes that have a charm and personality that everyone can relate to – clothes that last.’

Modelled by rising star, Next’s Leona ‘Binx’ Walton, the perfectly-formed collection of women’s separates includes a buttersoft leather bomber, oversized knit, leather chinos, a boyish cotton shirt and two-tone A-line skirt, plus – vying for our number one slot – a chic-simple shirtdress with contrast leather collar. Nicoll also experiments with burgundy, which joins navy and grey as his ‘base colours’ – and adds shots of ochre, raspberry and cobalt blue for a colour palette which pack a punch.

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