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Richard Nicoll Menswear S/S13

For his first full mens collection, Nicoll showed elegant and luxe sportswear in white and blue

Richard Nicoll is very much known for his striking and elegant womenswear and this season he communicates it perfectly into his first full mens collection. Taking sporty and classic silhouettes he has created a line that is distinctly stylish and felt luxurious while, at the same time, maintaining that sense of serenity and calmness from his womens.

Opening with clean simple takes on sportswear, smart bomber jackets and preppy cuts on trousers with subtly tapered ankles, these pieces connected with last seasons minimalist womens offering. The thread then continued to take in the tonal contrasting elements we have also seen previously, for men this was using blues and greys, greens and teal. Light blue pin stripe suit jackets were teamed with matching shorts, with thigh length box cut trench style coats. Adding to that luxe aesthetic, almost iridescent blue shirts were a punchy highlight. Taking things down a notch, denim jackets contrasted against the tailoring adding a level of edge and a sense of off-duty masculinity.

Although this was his first full collection for men, Nicoll has worked on mens pieces before with an interest in utility, he recently produced a beautifully cut jump suit for gallery Studio Voltaire's House of Voltaire pop-up store. This interest in what men wear and how men dress, looking to that as a foundation rather than completely reinventing, is something that comes through in this seasons menswear. This understanding combined with a desire to give his man the ability to make an impact were values that made this debut an important new addition to London's menswear.