As the style set descended onto the platforms at Waterloo station for Richard Nicoll's SS11 show, the atmosphere was romantic, yet utterly electric. You may think that the Topshop show space is amazing in sunlight but once it goes dark, it's breathtaking! Dimly lit, those attending the show were reflected in the glass roof of the old Eurostar terminal, creating the most beautiful scene as you looked towards the sky.
But once the sound of David Bowie filled the air and Richard's beautiful collection for SS11 made its way onto the catwalk, no-one was looking anywhere else but straight ahead. In a minimal, yet flirty palette of black, white and all shades of pink, Richard's collection had the front rows full attention from the moment his first model made her way onto the catwalk.
As Richard explained backstage, it was the idea of minimal glamour that first inspired his SS11 collection. The idea of creating evening wear that was wearable then led him to think about the end of glam rock and the beginning of punk. A huge Bowie fan, it was the artists' incarnation of the Thin White Duke that led the designer to pay homage to his aristocratic androgyny and the feminine mix of 40s and 70s silhouettes he used to sport!
From Richard's bright white pleated skirts and boxy black-trimmed jackets to the sporty bras he layered beneath polka-dot chiffon tees and styled with A-line tailored cotton skirts, the designer's vision was simple, yet utterly chic.
Hour-glass leather skirts teamed with corsets and summer- weight boucle jackets with PVC trims, as well as his perfect high-waist slacks styled with tailored crisp cotton shirts and glistening embellished knitwear are sure to be front row favourites.
Playing with proportion and offering a more hippie 70s vibe, floor-sweeping skirts and dresses in varying tones of pink featured varying lengths, peek-a-boo detailing and layer over layer of cascading fabric. While all of these pieces had the front row gasping in delight, it was a pleated organza tangerine dress with a caped-back, butterfly sleeves and a belted waist that stole the show. This was the piece that everyone came out wanting – including us.
Far more realistic new season buys are Richard's crystal 1940s-esque sunglasses and belts which we're sure to see in more editorial shoots than we can count come spring.
Aptly named Waterloo Sunset, this was the perfect show to take place just after the sun had gone down! One of the best shows we've seen in London so far, this was a practical, flirty yet fun collection from a designer who seems to know exactly what modern women like to wear.