Designer Nicomede Talavera
Photographer Jane Chilvers
Styling Jack Cassidy
Model CHRIS TANNER CSV MA at Premier Model Management
Make-up Erin Long
Hair Amanda Briggs
Shoes Sponsored by Dr Martens


Autumn-Winter 2010
Symbiosis: any interdependent or mutually beneficial relationship between two persons, groups, etc.
For AW 2010 Nicomede Talavera toyed with the idea of a symbiotic relationship between the Gentleman and the Neanderthal. These two breeds of man fusing to form a relationship wherein each is dependent upon and receives reinforcement from the other; whether beneficial or detrimental to their former self.
The Neanderthal brought with him a reactionary and primitive charm. Resulting in craftsmanship and a wealth of textures, layers and materials as well as an emphasis on animal prints. Whilst the Gentleman’s traditional influence ensures the silhouette maintains classic shapes, such as re-takes on long johns in PVC and longer length shirts and cardigans.
A loose and relaxed silhouette runs throughout the collection; extended shirts, tops and cardigans hang just above the knee layered over dropped crotch and cropped trousers. Whilst artist Ian Carr-Harris’ installation 137 Tecumseth provides the colour palette and sets the mood of the collection; especially the metallic, reflective and tonal features.
Still maintaining the signature sportswear aesthetic jackets come in a bomber style with embossed tyvek and faux seal skin sleeves, A-shaped and short sleeved with grey wool and bronze nylon as well as frayed cheetah print layered over bleached denim. Contrasting textures are paramount with PVC, crushed velvet, leather, wools, tyvek, hair and nylon alongside each other in shorts, trousers and shirts. Finished with ceremonial skull and ethnic beading on several pieces. Knitwear takes on a harder edge with leather, neoprene, denim and mohair yarns in a black chunky cardigan, jade top with sleeve details, recycled denim striped scarf, grey leather shopper bag and oversized black and white mohair jumper.
Accessories play an important role in combining the two influences. The Neanderthal’s sense of rituals and lifestyle influences eerie animal bones, shells, twigs and knitted leather then combined with velvet and silver hoops on necklaces, bangles, bags and bag charms.
AW 2010 marks the launch of 23 year old British menswear designer Nicomede Talavera’s second collection. Still studying at Central Saint Martin’s on the BA Menswear Fashion Design degree, Nicomede is currently on his placement year. He has interned for the past six months in London and will be spending the next three months in New York. Returning for his final year in September 2010, before launching his graduate collection in 2011.

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