During the late ’70s, British subculture saw an androgynous reaction to punk, as rebels dramatized the aesthetics of glam rock stars before them and fostered the rise of bands like Duran Duran and the Culture Club. Where punk positioned itself as anti-fashion, New Romanticism sought to add flamboyance to dress, pulling inspiration from frilly traditional English style and lustrous Hollywood sirens.
Always one to explore the Underground for ideas, Nicopanda Creative Director Nicola Formichetti recalled this period for pre-fall ’16, infusing theatrical European nostalgia with the grit of ’90s zine culture.
The collection features intensified delicacies like ruffles and pearls, juxtaposed against more hard-edged silhouettes like a boxy dress and mall Goth deconstructed sweats. Formichetti brought back visual artist Sam Rolfes this season, collaborating on a glitchy logo-emblazoned print called, “Nicopanic,” as well as an updated newspaper print that decorates hoodies and tees.