Richard Nicoll’s lineup of cowboy dandies and urban peacocks lit up London’s dark skies like a late blast of New Year’s fireworks. Nicoll unleashed a bonanza of eye-popping color, texture and pattern, working a palette of teal, sage and tomato. There was a load of sparkle, too, in the form of delicate plaid trousers and jackets that glistened with gold threads or shiny flowery jacquard fashioned into calf-grazing shorts and bomber jackets.
Other plaid trousers and jackets — minus the shine — were edged with violet or teal ribbons, and those same jaunty strips of color also snaked their way onto checked fly-front shirts — some of them with a country western feel — doubling as trompe l’oeil neckties. The showstoppers, though, were the semisheer ruffle-front shirts, which came in neon lemon, mint and violet — all with contrasting ruffles spilling unevenly down the front. It was all made for a latter-day Tony Manero itching to outshine the glowing dance floor on a Saturday night.

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