We photographed the whole collection whilst interviewing Nicole, prepare to fall in love.
On our recent trip to London, we were invited to the home of up-and-coming fashion designer, Nicole Murray, to view her collections and ask lots of questions!
Despite only having created two collections so far, Nicole is making her mark on the fashion scene with her work, creating garments ranging from floor-sweeping red carpet elegance to classic camel trousers and blazers. She was awarded a place on the Masters Degree course at London College of Fashion after Harold Tillman, Chairman of the British Fashion Council was particularly impressed by her degree show from Nottingham Trent University. Since then, she has gone on to show at London Fashion Week's On/Off show, stock her first luxurious collection in London's prestigious Harrods, and is set to sell her creations alongside Louise Goldin and Eley Kishimoto at the coming-soon online designer boutique 'Watch That Label'.
By seeing Nicole's collection first-hand, we had the chance to admire and find out more about the materials and finishes, which Nicole puts a lot of thought in to. She told us that the Masters course emphasised finishes of garments, which is why each dress has a built in corset, giving the perfect silhouette and eliminating any underwear problems! Nicole has a great aptitude with silks, and emphasised her passion for using those that are of the highest quality from France and Italy. In the SS11 collection we also saw wool being used in innovative ways.
We asked Nicole about her inspirations, and she told us that she loves taking a technique and making it more personal. This is evident through the smocking, hand fraying and lace in her garments. She really turns these traditional methods into something unexpected and beautifully unique, even though they are sometimes so intricate it becomes rather time consuming- the hand frayed trims (shown below) on one dress took two days to make! We saw that whilst the clothes were fuss-free, Nicole included personal quirks, explaining that she particularly likes to play with high necklines and low backs, which we thought was definitely a combination that sets the tone for the understated elegance that runs through each of her collections.
Like ourselves, Nicole particularly admires the designs at Chloe, Celine and Burberry, and told us that she would love to design for Lanvin. Whilst we were looking through the rail she pointed out that the dress below was almost worn by Dannii Minogue on a recent X-Factor live show, however it was a little too sheer for the gleam of the studio lights!
We loved spending the evening with Nicole and her equally as creative other half, musician Tom Wardle. Her designs were modern yet classic, and beautifully feminine.We're very excited to have been invited to the launch of the Collection of Curiosities pop-up shop situated in Holborn London next Thursday. Nicole will be selling her exquisite lambskin gloves and particular one-off pieces from her AW10 collection alongside other designers. It'll be a great chance to find out more and talk to other fans of her work!
Take a look at Nicole's website for the inspiring photo shoots and a video of her catwalk show.