Topshop to launch debut bridal range from Richard Nicoll for the contemporary woman
15:42 GMT, 20 April 2012
Topshop will unveil its debut bridal range this June, it has been announced.
Although the details remain under wraps, it is expected that the gowns will sport sheer fabrics and loose feminine cuts, taking lead from London-based designer Richard Nicoll, who has been recruited to design the collection.
BHS is the only other fashion brand in the Arcadia portfolio – Topshop's parent company – to offer wedding dresses, with prices ranging from 70 to 495.
Sheer fabrics, pastel hues and feminine cuts make up Nicoll's signature style, and it is expected that the bridal range for Topshop will sport similar features
Nicoll's spring / summer 2012 collection, featured delicate floor-length gowns, lengths of organza, and modern tailoring, and it is believed the Studio Nicoll Bridal Collection for Topshop will draw on these styles.
However it is hoped that the price points will be significantly lower than his own eponymous label, which starts at around 245 for a vest dress and goes up to 1,025 for a silk layered shift.
Currently Topshop stocks ivory gowns under its own brand priced in the region of 50.
A post on the Topshop Twitter feed read: 'Want to get married just so we can wear
our @studio_nicoll bridal collection set to land in June. Can't give you
a sneak peek but wow!'
The Topshop range currently includes ivory dresses such as the Lace Panel Maxi Dress, 50.00 and the Floral Mesh Back Maxi Dress, 46.00
Following his graduation from Central Saint
Martins MA in 2002, Nicoll collaborated with Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton before setting up his own brand in 2005.
He describes his ideal customer as the punk artist Linder Sterling because she is 'strong, empathetic, creative, unique and intelligent'.
As well as launching the Topshop bridal range this year he is also working on a bespoke service set to launch in LA and the Far East.
This will not be Nicoll's first foray into bridal design, and he recently created dresses for two friends.
But don't expect anything traditional – describing his favourite decade in fashion history he added: 'It has to be now or why bother'