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Friends of the late designer Richard Nicoll have collaborated with the Pantone Colour Institute on the development of Nicoll Blue, a custom colour that pays tribute to incredibly talented London-born, Australian raised designer who passed away suddenly in October 2016.
In conjunction with the British Fashion Council, the spaces at which the London Fashion Week shows will take place from tomorrow have been painted Nicoll Blue, a colour synonymous with the designer’s contemporary collections which fused sportswear silhouettes with precise tailoring.
“To remember our dear blue-eyed boy, Richard Nicoll, this unique shade of blue has been mixed for him by those who love him as an everlasting tribute to his talent and friendship,” Sarah Mower, noted fashion critic and BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent, wrote on Instagram.
“Richard Nicoll was a cherished friend who I saw bonding an entire community together in London. We adored his talent and taste for the blues and we all know that the emotional tenderness, openness and fun Richard generated made London what it is. The colour has been mixed by Jonathan Saunders and Roksanda Ilincic with Pantone, offered on behalf of all of all his countless friends and his family as a unique remembrance of Richard, the designer and the man. Nicoll Blue is the colour which will welcome all visitors to London Fashion Week, painted in his honour at the entrance to the shows.”
To honour Nicoll, a minute’s silence will also be observed prior to the Central Saint Martins MA show on Friday February 17. Nicoll graduated from the revered program in 2002 as part of a new wave emerging in London’s design scene. In 2006, he gained NEWGEN sponsorship and two years later he would receive three Association Nationale pour le Développement des Arts de la Mode (ANDAM) awards in recognition of his considerable talent.
Many of the designers’ contemporaries, including Ilincic, Saunders, Nicholas Kirkwood, Christopher Shannon and Henry Holland have paid tribute by sharing the bespoke shade.
The British Fashion Council also announced that plans are underway for “a multifaceted, retrospective exhibition of the designer’s work to launch later in the year.”
Tile and cover image: Courtesy of the British Fashion Council/Pantone