Checks Marks the Spot
Wednesday, 31st Aug 2011
Never one to deliver the predictable, Richard Nicoll's womenswear designs for the AW11 Laurel Wreath Collection are a clash of patent leather and wool, oversized dresses and tailored shirting. Whilst many designers have looked to the swinging 60s for inspiration this season; Nicoll has steered clear of candy-pop colours and taken the collection down a richer route, playing with dark sherry and deep marine blues and looking to the less obvious Parisian Beatniks of that decade for inspiration.
Images shot by Paul Wetherell for Fred Perry
Whilst the soft Breton striped jerseys typically associated with French fashion feature in the collection; the key pattern for this season is a dark sherry check, set against shades of blue, biscuit and vanilla. Woven in wool and printed across pure silk, this signature check is a striking offset to the collection's textured angora knits and sleek patent leather. Favourites include the checked wool Harrington jacket (above right) which is perfect worn with pieces from within your own wardrobe - try teamed with a simple fitted shirt, slim cut trousers and vintage penny loafers for a modern take on the 1950s Teddy Girl.