LFW Honours Richard Nicoll with Nicoll Blue

Richard Nicoll (courtesy of Jack Wills)

In a special tribute to RICHARD NICOLL, London Fashion Week February 2017 salutes his talent with a colour dedicated to him, NICOLL BLUE. Chosen by a group of close friends, the blue is said, by Laurie Pressman of the Pantone Color Institute who developed the colour, to embody “the elegance and sensitive spirit of this much beloved designer whose innate kindness, loving soul and good natured sense of humour held a special allure to all that entered into his orbit.

The Arundel St and main entrance to The Store Studios, 180 Strand; the central hub of LFW, have been painted in Nicoll Blue to honour the designer after his sudden passing in October, 2016. The 39-year old died from a heart attack in his home town Sydney.

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ABOUT RICHARD NICOLL

Born in London and brought up in Australia, Richard Nicoll graduated from Central Saint Martins MA in 2002. His entire graduate collection was famously purchased by Dolce & Gabbana right after. He launched his eponymous label in 2005 and quickly found fans in the likes of Kylie Minogue, Kate Bosworth, and Julianne Moore. He emerged as a member of the new wave of London talent, whose original take on modern sportswear fused with relaxed tailoring won him NEWGEN sponsorship in 2006 and three Association Nationale pour le Développement des Arts de la Mode (ANDAM) awards. His experience beyond his eponymous label included freelance design for Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton, the creative direction of Cerruti 1881, Fred Perry and later of youth label Jack Wills. In June 2012 he launched his debut menswear line at London Collections Men (now London Fashion Week Men’s). In 2015, he shuttered his namesake company and moved from London to Sydney.

Before his death, he had been preparing to start a new job as creative director at adidas in January 2017.

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To honour Richard, a minute’s silence will be observed just before the Central Saint Martins MA show on Friday 17th February. Plans are underway for a multifaceted, retrospective exhibition of the designer’s work to launch later in the year.

YOU CAN SHOP SOME OF THE LAST PIECES OF RICHARD NICOLL AT THE OUTNET BY CLICKING HERE.
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Photos: Richard Nicoll (courtesy of Jack Wills),  Yannis Vlamos / Indigitalimages.com

My Look: Alaïa Downtown Girl

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During London Fashion Week I had a very fun dinner with Net-à-Porter, that I will soon tell you more about. In the meantime, enjoy this outfit post. I hope that you will like it as much as I do.

My look: Cropped fine-knit cardigan, wool skater dress with fine black stripeswide belt iconand black and white platform pumps, all by Azzedine Alaïa, fringed tweed bag by Chanel, diamond ring and bracelet, both by Vainard Fine Jewellery.

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At the Mary Katrantzou S/S 2015 Show

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During London Fashion Week, I attended the S/S 2015 show of one of my favorite designers: Mary Katrantzou who really surprised the fashion crowd with this unexpected collection. The runway looked like lava and you could already guess her inspiration upon arrival. I sat front row next to Alexa Chung and spotted the best pieces for you.

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A seismic shift for the print master, Mary’s S/S 2015 collection beautifully embodies earth’s tectonic plates. The palette mirrors the planet’s evolving state as natural tones shift into oceanic blues and lush pastels. Verdant guipure lace and metallic ridges evoke rich landscapes atop fissured dresses and separates.

Great news is that you can pre-order this amazing collection until October 13, 2014 at 10am EDT. Just click on the highlighted text to be transferred directly.

Enjoy being one of the first ones to wear her S/S 2015 pieces!

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht, Stills via Moda Operandi

My Look: Statement Piece

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Sometimes it just needs one statement piece to draw all the attention to your outfit. But wait, a statement piece….? What is the statement? Here, it is the sequined Playboy bunny on the back of the hoodie that I wore last weekend on my flight to London for Fashion Week. Looking all innocent and casual at first sight, it unveils this fun message when you turn around. The only question left is what is the statement that the wearer is trying to make…? This you have to figure out yourself… mine will stay a statement secret.

My look: Cropped hoodie with zipper and sequined Playboy bunnyicon by Marc Jacobs, snake-print cotton tankicon by Stella McCartney, skinny mid-rise distressed jeans by Dolce & GabbanaBamboo leather tote iconby Gucci, white and black leopard calf hair bootie by Rodarte, diamond ring and bracelet, both by Vainard Fine Jewellery.

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Playboy Bunny Sequined Hoodie by Marc Jacobs

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This Is a Stick Up!

Anya Hindmarch SS15 Fashion Week Fixation

London Fashion Week S/S 2015 finished yesterday and I have a gazillion things to show you! One thing that really has caught my eye are those super-playful stickers from Anya Hindmarch‘s crazy runway show that got everyone talking. It is such a fun way to reboot your accessories.

Anya Hindmarch Bag with stickers

Created in collaboration with Charlotte Stockdale of Chaos Fashion, you can stick it to your work diary for a playful bit of visual motivation, but please note, those stickers are designed to adhere to surfaces permanently so once applied they cannot be removed.

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For the runway finale, Anya Hindmarch let the models waltz in life-size neon teacups onto the set while dancers clad in ultraviolet skeleton bodysuits performed a “Thriller”-style dance.

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Great news is that you can shop the stickers off the next season’s runway, exclusively at NET-A-PORTER.COMicon.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Anya Hindmarch, Indigital, Chaos Fashion and © Sandra Bauknecht

Burberry Prorsum S/S 2015 Livestream

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Be part of Fashion Week and watch the Burberry Prorsum S/S 2015 fashion show live on Sandra’s Closet on Monday at 1pm London time. Here is your front row invite, enjoy!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Burberry Prorsum

Burberry Prorsum F/W 2014 – Livestream

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Be part of London Fashion Week and watch the Burberry Prorsum F/W 2014 fashion show live on Sandra’s Closet tomorrow afternoon. Here is your front row invite, enjoy!

LoL, Sandra

Mary Katrantzou S/S 2014 – So Amazing

Mary Katrantzou S:S 2014

Personally speaking, there hasn’t been one collection, Mary Katrantzou hasn’t amazed me with. This season has been no different. For the motif mistress, footwear prints walk a fine line between fashion and art. For S/S 2014, she was inspired by every woman’s love for shoes for her signature digital prints.

The collection’s evening looks were absolutely divine, and heavenly embroidered by the House of Lesage in Paris with which Mary had been working before already. Think ruffles, empire and baby doll cuts. Nothing for the shy! I am loving it!

Great news: YOU HAVE THE CHANCE TO PRE-ORDER THE MARY KATRANTZOU S/S 2014 COLLECTION STRAIGHT OF THE RUNWAY FOR THE NEXT 6 DAYS BY CLICKING HERE.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Mary Katrantzou, Style.com, © Getty Images

Burberry Prorsum S/S 2014 – Livestream

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Be part of London Fashion Week and watch the Burberry Prorsum S/S 2014 fashion show live on Sandra’s Closet tomorrow afternoon. Here is your front row invite, enjoy!

LoL, Sandra


Teatum Jones and The Dorchester

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British new It-label Teatum Jones has been asked by London’s famous hotel The Dorchester to create an exclusive printed scarf of the same name, that will be officially launched this September during London Fashion Week for S/S 2013, alongside a special Teatum Jones fashion tea. This is truly great news for a label only into its third official season and for all fashionistas among you.

‘The Dorchester’ scarf designed by Teatum Jones, measures 136cm by 136cm, is made of 100% pure silk double georgette and will be sold exclusively at Liberty, from Tuesday 18 September 2012, priced at £245.- and at shop.thedorchester.com.

Dorchester Collection www.jamesbedford.comThe ‘Teatum Jones Fashion Tea’ will be held on The Promenade at The Dorchester bringing fashion week to everyday London fashionistas showcasing Teatum Jones F/W 2012 collection, and of course the  ‘The Dorchester’ scarf.

Afternoon tea sittings for this special event on Tuesday 18 September take place at 2.15pm and at 4.45pm, and are priced at £52 per adult including a glass of champagne. (Prices are inclusive of VAT and exclusive of service charge at 12.5%). For reservations or further information, please telephone The Dorchester on +44 (0)20 7629 8888 or email restaurants..

About Teatum Jones

Catherine Teatum and Rob Jones studied at Ravensbourne College of Design and Central Saint Martins respectively. They worked with Luella Bartley, Warren Noronha and John Richmond before setting up Teatum Jones, and were picked up by Liberty in their second season for S/S 2012. This year has seen the launch of the Teatum Jones’ S/S 2012 collection in Canada, adding to existing retail territories in the UK, US and the Middle East. Teatum Jones have also been name-checked on 2012 Hot Lists in UK magazines Vogue, Elle, Stella and The Observer.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Teatum Jones, Timeout and The Dorchester