Richard Nicoll delighted London Fashion Week with a sporty commercial collection brimming with transparent chiffon layering while Matthew Williamson did what he does best, showcasing a range of brightly coloured dresses ready for summer’s sun.
Richard Nicoll wrapped and sculptured his models in layers of gauzy, transparent chiffon, with pleated mini-dresses worn over maxi skirts. Bodice tops and tunics came with transparent panels with unfussy bras showing through. Jackets were lightweight and gauzy or came with capped sleeves and were sometimes paired with high-waisted wide-leg trousers.
While his choice of fabrics was romantic and feminine, the black, white and blush shades gave the collection a distinctive sporty feel.
This was a highly commercial collection with plenty of wearable separates within it.
Matthew Williamson embraced his true talents to showcase a plethora of jewel-coloured maxi-dresses and mini- dresses enveloping the models in swirls of silk. They came in both one-colour brights like lemon and turquoise or printed with abstract jungle-esque digital patterns and were strapped to the body with buckles.
Williamson also trimmed skirts and jackets with raffia and peacock feathers to give his wearable daywear a shipwrecked vibe.
Although dominated by dresses, Williamson did give wide-legged and high-waisted trousers a turn in the spring 11 sunlight, embracing the 1970s theme that has punctuated several of the collections at New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week.