The prodigious designer, who passed away in October 2016, will be honoured this season with a special new shade created in his name. ‘Nicoll Blue’ was chosen by a group of his close friends and the Pantone Institute. During London Fashion Week, main venues including the entrance to The Store Studios, 180 Strand have been painted in the new colour to commemorate the designer. A minute of silence will also be held in tribute.
Born in London and raised in Australia, Nicoll graduated from Central Saint Martins MA programme in 2002, winning the coveted NEWGEN sponsorship in 2006 for his unique take on sportswear. Alongside an eponymous label, Nicoll freelanced for Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton, Cerutti 1881 and British brand Jack Wills. The designer passed away aged just 39 after he suffered a heart attack at his home in New South Wales.
Sarah Mower MBE, BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent commented: “Richard was a designer whose talent and character inspired all around him. He registered his affinity for the spectrum of blue hundreds of times in the collections he showed in London. For a decade, Richard’s life-enhancing gift for bonding people together contributed immeasurably to the spirit of a whole London fashion generation. The visual presence of Nicoll Blue throughout the main fashion week venue is a way to remember and celebrate a great London friend and to convey our respects and eternal gratitude.”