New year, new clothes. The AW13 collections are earlier than ever this season, as the second London Collections: Men kicks off today ahead of Pitti, Milan and Paris, following the success of the capital's AW12 standalone schedule. As designers put the finishing touches to their collections; carry out castings, fittings and hair tests, we go on a series of studio visits to get a feel of what to expect. Our final behind-the-scenes peek is Richard Nicoll, who makes immaculately balanced classicist designs from his work-space on east London's Kingsland Road.
Dazed Digital: What was the biggest challenge in putting the collection together?
Richard Nicoll: Christmas.
DD: Favourite advice you've had from someone?
Richard Nicoll: When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
DD: Any tips for staying calm during fashion week?
Richard Nicoll: Xanax.
DD: ...Or staying awake when there's so much work to do?
Richard Nicoll: Strong Coffee.
DD: What were the first pieces in the collection you designed?
Richard Nicoll: The parkas and the leather pieces.
DD: What are you most proud of?
Richard Nicoll: I'm really proud of the collection as a whole and proud of my team for making it happen.
DD: What other shows are you looking forward to seeing?
Richard Nicoll: I'm actually looking forward to seeing it all.
DD: Who embodies the spirit of your collection?
Richard Nicoll: David Byrne.
DD: Sum up AW13 in three words…
Richard Nicoll: No-Wave, Industrial and Classical.
DD: What difference does fashion make?
Richard Nicoll: It makes none in the grand scheme of things but being able to dream is important.