Last year the fashion industry lost Richard Nicoll, a remarkable visionary and dynamic personality who was just at the beginning of an incredible career. Nicoll continuously impressed with his work at Cerruti and Louis Vuitton, as well as his own eponymous label, launched in 1996. His androgynous approach to tailoring and creative use of colour, pattern and fabric were a yearly highlight on both sides of the aisle. Nicoll’s vision and talent deserves to be saluted, so his friends and family have collaborated with Pantone to celebrate the his life and work by creating an official shade in his name: Nicoll Blue.
The colour will coat the main entrance to 180 Strand, the heart of LFW, as part of a series of tributes to the designer’s sudden passing. “We were so pleased to be able to work on the creation of Nicoll Blue, a unique new blue shade in memory of esteemed fashion designer Richard Nicoll,” said Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Color Institute. She continues, “the elegance and sensitive spirit of this much beloved designer whose innate kindness, loving soul and good natured sense of humour held a special allure to all that entered into his orbit.”
As well as the creation of Nicoll Blue, a minute’s silence will be observed just before the Central Saint Martins MA show on Friday 17 February, and plans are in motion for a larger retrospective to mark would have been the designer’s 40th birthday later this year.
See more of Richard Nicoll’s blue designs below.