Article Oct 29, 2016

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Fashion designer Richard Nicoll has died

Fashion designer Richard Nicoll passed away in Sydney, Australia early on Friday (21Oct16).

According to The Daily Telegraph, the 38-year-old was taken by ambulance from his apartment in Sydney to St Vincent’s Hospital in the early hours of Friday morning.

Police are not treating the death as suspicious, but have not confirmed a cause.

The fashion star, who put his eponymous London-based label on hiatus in 2015, had spent the past year in Australia working on various projects.

10 Magazine editor Alison Veness-McGourty said Nicoll was working closely with local industry identities including Toby Jones and Mikey Nolan before his death, and was also very close friends with Vogue Australia fashion director Christine Centenera.

“He had been working very closely with Jess Kent, and my last text from him is a link to her new music video which he had worked on with her,” Alison said in an obituary on the magazine’s website today. “I really loved him and we are all bereft.”

Nicoll was born in London and spent his childhood in Perth, where his parents still live.

He graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2002 and designed for the likes of Louis Vuitton, Cerruti Paris and Topshop over his career.

Making his debut at London Fashion Week in 2006, Nicoll garnered a following for his modernist classics with day-to-night versatility, with the likes of Kylie Minogue, Kate Bosworth, Florence Welch and Diane Kruger all fans of his designs.

However, he shuttered his eponymous label in 2015 in order to focus on new projects.

Subsequently, he took up a position as creative director at British retailer Jack Wills, which he exited earlier this year (16).

He had most recently taken a creative director role at sportswear giant Adidas in Germany, where he was set to start in January (17).