The Pre–Fall 18 collection from Studio Nicholson pivots around one single image of three Italian nuns window shopping. There is an elegance to the tonality of their habits and something intriguing about nuns shopping for individual items of their modular wardrobe.
The purity of their uniform inspires the minimalist spirit of the ‘Habitual Dressing’ collection. In the Tippet jumpsuit, long clean lines in Italian tailoring wool hide pockets behind deep folds; voluminous layers are connected by a tunic strap between front and back panels. The hidden pocket story is carried through in the Matzo jacket and Tabard dress where pockets are accessed underneath the front panels through side splits.
Where tailoring wool is used, it is subverted by twisting waistbands on pants and offsetting front fastening on jacket lapels. On tropical wool, lighter in hand feel, flowing knots, twists and ties add femininity and drape. The embedded side adjusters of the Brace pants, and the Mercutio melton overcoat add a contrasting toughness, exposing the masculine and military infrastructure of the collection.