Nicomede Talavera A/W 2010

Style : London has some of the most incredible student designers and Nicomede Talavera is no exeption as he launches his second collection that combines the gentleman and the Neanderthal.
Currently on his placement year in London and New York, he will return to Central St. Martin's BA Menswear Fashion Degree course in September this year, and launch his graduate collection in 2011.

It seems the Neanderthal influence has bought the collection great crafastmanship plus some great textures; a key trend for autumn/winter 2010. There is a great mix of materials such as PVC, crushed velvet, leather, wools, tyvek, hair and nylon.
For the gentleman's aesthetic, Talavera has maintained classic shapes but has re-worked long johns in PVC and lengthened shirts and cardigans; another key trend for the coming season.

His silhouettes are relaxed and loose which is consistent throughout the collection with extended shirts, tops and cardigans that fall just above the knee which are then layered over drop crotch and cropped trousers. But it is the metallic, reflective and tonal aspects of the collection that make these looks really stand out.

There is a certain influence of sportswear in the jackets which are bomber style which are embossed with tyvek with faux seal skin sleeves - quite an incredible mix! The sleeves are a-shaped and short with grey wool and bronze nylon as well as frayed cheetah print layered over denim. But one of they most incredible feature of the collection is the ceremonial skull and ethnic beading detail and necklaces.

The knitwear garments are more harder, more masculine but with an edge as leather, neoprene and mohair take on different guises most notably a recycled denim striped scarf, grey leather shopper bag and an oversized black and white mohair jumper.
It really is the hardcore textures that heighten my excitement for this collection.

However, it is the accessories and embellishment that really accentuate this collection and give it a definitive, individualistic image. The Neanderthal influence is supported by animal bones, shells, twigs and knitted leather, where as the gentleman is represented with velvet and silver hoops on necklaces and bags with bangles and bag charms.

As Talavera is still a student, his collections are not sold though retail outlets, but to email him about prices for an individual item, and to view the full collection, click here.
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