FEELING BLUE: The British Fashion Council plans to honor the late designer Richard Nicoll during London Fashion Week, with a bespoke color called Nicoll Blue. It was selected by close friends, and then created and customized by the Pantone Color Institute.
The main entrance to Store Studios, the official London Fashion Week venue at 180 Strand, has been painted in the shade. In addition, there will be a minute of silence observed just before the start of the Central Saint Martins MA runway show at the BFC Show Space on Feb. 13. The British Fashion Council has also announced plans for a retrospective of Nicoll’s work, which will be mounted later this year.
“Richard was a designer whose talent and character inspired all around him,” said Sarah Mower, BFC ambassador for emerging talent. “He registered his affinity for the spectrum of blues hundreds of times in the collections he showed in London. The visual presence of Nicoll Blue throughout the main fashion week venue is a way to remember and celebrate a great London friend and to convey our respects and eternal gratitude to his family.”
A number of British designers took it to Instagram to honor Nicoll and posted the Nicoll Blue hue. Henry Holland posted a blue heart while Roksanda Illincic wrote “Somewhere in the sky but always with us Richard Nicoll, 💙” Footwear designer Nicholas Kirkwood posted message as an ode to the designer. “Nicoll Blue a Pantone shade in homage to our friend Richard Nicoll.”