Nico Didonna’s fusion of elegance, Jazz and rebellion

Last night I was invited to attend Nico Didonna’s showing of his A/W2013 collection at Baku in London’s Knightsbridge. A swathe of beautiful clothes and drapes, coiffures and bangles stood mingling, some wearing Nico’s previous collections, eyes roaming the throng for recognition, models, designers, lots of buyers and a random bulldog (yes the one with hair and four legs).

Diamond shape cuts of drapery, angles, shimmer of the 1930s period of jazz, Egypt and rebellious discovery brought right up to date by Nico Didonna (showing his A/W2013 collection at Baku in London

Diamond shape cuts of drapery, angles, shimmer of the 1930s period of jazz, Egypt and rebellious discovery brought right up to date by Nico Didonna (showing his A/W2013 collection at Baku in London

I’m familiar with Nico’s previous collections, alongside the ease and relaxed fluid style that infuses his work like velvet there’s that gritty dare, that urban taunt that excites the design which makes the wearer all the more arresting. His AW2013 collection did not disappoint. To an upbeat back-in-time earthy jazz backing, the room was swaying with Minnie the Moocher and Ella Fitzgerald, a deftly recorded 1930’s announcement setting the scene. So then it began, a swagger of syncopation and elegance, rebellious lines of direction (which I love), soft soft materials, diamond shapes in cut, echoes of Egyptian fever and strong strikes of colour statement. It felt 1930’s fighter pilot tracking and pursuing the contemporaneous feminine enticement of that era. Delightful.

Black and white two tone elegance by Nico Didonna . p.s. I want one!

Black and white two tone elegance by Nico Didonna . p.s. I want one!

An outright statement of two tone black and white jazz was surely the highlight of the collection presented. The energy and movement in the room physically changed as the first of the monochrome elegance walked through.

If you recall your schoolbook history, the 1920’s and 1930’s was a period of discovery and interest in Egypt. The one you’ll probably remember is that Howard Carter discovered Tutankhamun’s Tomb, those two decades in particular sent out ripples of excitement and interest in all things Egyptian, from Art Deco building design to flapper dresses and jewellery. Lapis Lazuli became popular as did copper and the angular cuts. I was really impressed at this collection of Nico’s, he has pulled together the essence of the era and brought it right up to date. Blues, reds, grey with rivers of black and white.

Military style buttoning, and hip length jackets, with flashes of red and fabulous seal greys formed part of the collection by Nico Didonna at the launch of his AW2013 collection at Baku in Knightsbridge, London (Part of London Fashion week)

Military style buttoning, and hip length jackets, with flashes of red and fabulous seal greys formed part of the collection by Nico Didonna at the launch of his AW2013 collection at Baku in Knightsbridge, London (Part of London Fashion week)

Menswear collection felt military in theme, as I said, like handsome young fighter pilots, youth, energy. I loved the cross shades of grey he has used, simple colours with those flashes of BRIGHT reds that act like fire balls through his collection.

Nico Didonna on the catwalk, taking the applause at the launch of his AW2013 collection at London's Baku part of London Fashion Week.

Nico Didonna on the catwalk, taking the applause at the launch of his AW2013 collection at London’s Baku part of London Fashion Week.

Nico himself looked fabulous in the cross button design. The cross cut and angle is so flattering and gives a swagger to any wearer, if you’ve attitude and creative energy then, well, it accentuates that positive within you. ¬†Fabulous collection. And if there’s a black and white number going for a song… you name it, and I’ll certainly sing it! I want one!

If you get the chance seek out the collection, info on his website at http://www.nico.didonna.com

Stunning BRIGHT reds svelte themselves into the AW2013 collection of Nico Didonna at Baku in London

Stunning models and BRIGHT reds svelte themselves into the AW2013 collection of Nico Didonna at Baku in London

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