As a recipient of this year’s NEWGEN sponsorship Nicholas Daley is the new name on the show schedule to keep one eye firmly fixed on. The London-based designer made his debut at LFWM with a collection rich in texture, colour and layers. Shaped by his multicultural heritage, he told i-D Magazine about his Leicester upbringing: “it was great for seeing a variety of cultures which without question have helped influence my perspective and vision”.
For Daley, the process of beautifully diverse casting happens without question. In his MA show in 2013 he had musician and filmmaker Don Letts walking his catwalk, along with more of London’s trendiest dreadlocked guys. This season too, the talented designer selects individuals from a variety of backgrounds in order to best represent what his collections are about.
The Leicester boy is clear about his respect for quality and craftsmanship too. For his SS18 collection, Daley sourced the materials from British mills and collaborated with traditional Scottish kilt designers Glenisla. The patterns in the collection come from Daley’s extensive research through the V&A museum, repurposing checks from as far back as the 1850s. The SS 18 collection features a mix of neutral and rich hues and an abundance of accessories; looks were styled with chunky knit beanies, wide-brimmed hats and droopy tote bags, that signify Nicholas Daley’s laid back contemporary feel.
Take a closer look at the collection in these exclusive images from the SS18 presentation.