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Richard Nicoll Studio Visit

Ahead of the menswear AW13 collections kicking off in London, we pay a visit to Nicoll's studio to pre-empt the collection

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.