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‘Fine Dining’ with Nicola Brindle

‘Fine Dining’ with Nicola Brindle

By: Gina LoPresti

I had the pleasure of meeting emerging womenswear designer Nicola Brindle at the Fashion Scout Exhibition at London Fashion Week. Her sparkly, brightly coloured garments drew me in for a closer look and her welcoming personality kept me around. She spoke passionately about her newest collection.

I had the pleasure of meeting emerging womenswear designer Nicola Brindle at the Fashion Scout Exhibition at London Fashion Week. Her sparkly, brightly coloured garments drew me in for a closer look and her welcoming personality kept me around. She spoke passionately about her newest collection.

I asked Nicola about her experience showing with Fashion Scout, "Fashion Scout always has a great buzz around it especially as it is such a great platform for young designers. Personally, I came from nearly nowhere and they have been supportive every step of the way. Right now I am just getting excited about where I can go next – especially dreaming up ideas for a possible presentation at LFW."

Nicola graduated from the London College of Fashion in 2012 and started working as an eyewear designer, before creating her own self-titled womenswear label in 2014, the Nicola Brindle line, which places emphasis on bold colours and prints. All of the graphics used are original illustrations by Nicola herself and have a light-hearted, humourous feel, whilst every garment is handmade in East London. Her AW16 line is entitled Fine Dining and is inspired by 1950s Americana and the rise of Polynesian culture in restaurants and bars. During this time, tikis and the allure of an exotic Hawaiian lifestyle were taking over suburban households. In reflection of this, the collection bears an ironic touch; Nicola explores the ideas of consumerism and culture clash by juxtaposing images of tikis and volcanoes with fast-food signs and flashy colours.

I asked the designer about where the inspiration to explore this concept came from, "For AW16 I am talking about many different 'culture clashes': 1950s Hawaii and America, souvenirs and historical artifacts, fast-food and fine dining. The title of the collection, Fine Dining, is filled with irony, considering the pop colours and cartoonish motifs used in the designs. I guess each piece is a punchline to my own joke but I have always had a fascination in how the popularity of something affects its quality in various ways, positive and negative." The line features rainbow and glittery tiki prints, a sketched volcano image, and even tiki earrings. All of these images give a nod to the Hawaiian lifestyle. Contrarily, the collection also has the Fine Dining logo in a flowing script and focusses on the habits of consumers. There is a dress that resembles a vintage waitresses' uniform, a shirt that reads '24/7', and a large necklace that says ‘open’ , all symbolising the fast-food culture.

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