Last October we mourned the loss of English-born, Australian-raised designer Richard Nicoll. Passing away in his Darlinghurst apartment from a heart attack aged just 39, the celebrated designer was a Central Saint Martins graduate who was known for his eponymous label and gentle spirit. His CV included freelance work for Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton, Fred Perry, Jack Wills and creative direction for Cerruti 1881.
To mark his legacy at the A/W '17 show this year, LFW has developed a Pantone colour in his honour. Named 'Nicoll Blue', the soft sky blue shade was selected by close friends of the designer and developed by the famous Pantone Colour Institute. The hue will be painted on the entrance to the London Fashion Week hub at The Store Studios, 180 Strand to commemorate the late designer. In addition, there will be a minute's silence observed at the Central Saint Martins MA show on Friday, February 17.
"Richard was a designer whose talent and character inspired all around him," said Sarah Mower, British Fashion Council Ambassador for Emerging Talent to The Industry. "He registered his affinity for the spectrum of blues hundreds of times in the collections he showed in London." A retrospective of Nicoll's work is also said to be underway.