Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Designer: Alexandra Nicholson
Posted by Katie Agar
Inspired by artists and photographers whose work have a sense of minimalism, Alexandra Nicholson's work is classic but with distinct, unique details that make her stand out as a designer to watch. Graduating from Bristol UWE last summer, Nicholson also studied for a term at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, where she no doubt gained valuable experience that has pushed her design ideas. Alexandra has a great design aesthetic, through which she explores refined pattern cutting, print design and fabric manipulation, all of which combines to create some stunning designs.
Nicholson's graduating collection was entitled ‘Femme Fatale’, a fitting title to a collection which is feminine but daring at the same time.“Exposing the body in regions in order to provoke and offer an aspect of vulnerability, whilst concealing imperfections beneath layers of considered fabric. The female form inspires the collection, stimulating innovative patterns, which in turn exaggerate the fragility of women, accentuating the strength and sensuality of the body.”The collection is heavy in contrast, with sheer silks next to thick wool fabrics and bold, striking prints, all designed by Alexandra. What is most impressive about Nicholson is how every part of the garment is considered within the designs from silhouette to textiles techniques. The outfits are interchangeable, adding another impressive element to the collection, and giving the designs a contemporary, commercial purpose.
Although the silhouettes are impressive, the details of the garments are what make the collection. The prints are stunning and play with distortion and contrast but are also extremely wearable. The muted grey and brown tones are contrasted with bright orange and small sections of white that give the collection a cleaner edge. The fabric manipulation is a great aspect of the collection, with pleats, distressed fabrics and unfinished seams giving the collection a rustic but delicate edge. “Techniques such as photographic light emulsion hold a sensitivity and vulnerability when applied to the fabric, a delicacy and fragility that relate to females.” Alexandra's design philosophy of considering so many possibilities within design is extremely impressive, and establishes her as one of the likely big names in the future of fashion.