Summertime is ending but there’s a fresh breath of autumnal opportunity in the air. Whether it’s the excitement of new shoes, a new coat, or just a brand-new pencil case, there’s a special sensation of new season optimism that even grown adults find impossible to shift. Why sigh at the drop in temperature? See it as meteorological encouragement to get your layers out and start being creative again.
For AW21, Studio Nicholson delivers textbook examples of the modular wardrobe in action. A-grade elements engineered for every world pupil, designed to guarantee a best-in-class standout solution. This is preppy without the pomp and circumstance. It takes the nuances of on-campus fashion and remodels them for the city. Trusted classics reveal a new-found energy when the proportions are amplified and shed new light on their limits when re-styled in ways that were previously forgotten. Wrap that Kudo skirt around you, tuck in that oversized chunky Kelvin knit, bring your leather belts back out of hiding.
Polish up the practical for the post-pandemic world. Why postpone the pleasure of introducing garments that make you feel cocooned, complete and comfortable? Break the habit of saving things for best and wear your favourites now. Consider the roots of founder Nick Wakeman’s inspiration for the collection. The pioneering tomboy spirit of Katharine Hepburn in pleat front slacks and running track trainers. The innovative magic of Ray Petri and the passion behind his ground-breaking 1980s ‘Buffalo’ styling (that was mocked at first and then, predictably, widely imitated). Or the iconic, memorable and candid humour of Cindy Sherman’s ‘Bus Riders’ project, photographed in 1976. Nods to these subtle, playful snubs to the accepted order of things are mirrored in every Studio Nicholson garment.
Climate control has also been considered. Lightweight showerproof cotton isn’t just for outerwear, in addition to the trusted Vo Mac and the hip-length Abel Jacket it’s been utilised in the new drop crotch Brinson Pant too. With three colours to choose from, the Brinson buttons up in Black and Cream peached cotton or showerproof Beechwood. The ever-popular Puch remains in steadfast indigo selvedge denim and works brilliantly paired with voluminous shirts from previous seasons, topped off with the reassuring wool luxury of the softly tailored Mari Coat. Colour is key. Eternally elegant dark navy, rich deep blue, inkwell blacks, charcoal greys, and illuminating Dove cement the shades of the AW21. That ringing bell marks the start of an exciting new term for the modular wardrobe. Form an orderly queue now, because your winter uniform awaits…