Tuesday, 7 June 2011

The rise of Nicomede Talavera

One of the real highlights of blogging has been our opportunity to watch design talent grow. Since the blog began way back in June 2007 we have seen the London menswear scene evolve at a tremendous pace and have been able to document the rise of so many talented individuals. Young Nicomede Talevera is certainly one of them.

Back in October 2009, we featured a debut capsule collection by the then Central Saint Martin’s BA Menswear Fashion Design student. Created before he embarked on his placement year, we were as impressed with his business nous as we were were by his obvious design talent and could not resist learning more about this exciting prospect. We kept in close contact with him as he honed his talent with placements 3.1 Philip Lim in New York and Lanvin Homme in Paris, and presented his sophomore collection back in February 2010. As Talavera toyed with the idea of a symbiotic relationship between the Gentleman and the Neanderthal in a showcase of incredible textures, layers and fabric experimentation,  we were hooked. Now, the London based menswear designer has just graduated from Central Saint Martins and presents his pulse racingly good ten look BA collection that showcases a ten piece bag collaboration with Eastpak. Inspired by restructive tailoring, Talevera offers a balance of playful yet functional, detail rich staples. The collection highlights his ongoing experimentation with fabrics to enhance a design whilst offering new opportunities and shapes in the process...

Lookbook imagery by Nik Hartley

In addition to sending through his impressive look book, the young talent sent through a selection of his sketches that just blew me away. I could not resist sharing them with you...
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This Autumn, Talavera will begin his time on the MA Fashion Design course at CSM under the teaching of professor Louise Wilson. I for one, cannot wait to see what this young talent creates next.

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