by Dewani Shebubakar,

The idea that chic and refined is the new punk aesthetic is a theme evident in the works of Australian-born, London-raised fashion designer Richard Nicoll. When his entire graduate collection from Central Saint Martins was bought by Dolce & Gabanna, the fashion world sat up and took notice of Nicoll’s adaptation of menswear fabrics into womenswear corsetry and couture. The effect is an exploration and subversion of status and sexuality as he manipulates the powerful shape of the traditional men’s suit for the female body, creating strong silhouettes and delicate textures with a sophisticated and futuristic street culture edge.

In an interview with Nicoll discusses his move into the industry, the present state of the London fashion scene and it’s future as designers such as Luella and Burberry gravitate back to a scene that is consolidating a reputation as a major authority in the fashion industry.