Although many details remain under wraps, it is expected that the gowns will consist of sheer fabrics and loose feminine cuts, taking lead from London based designer Richard Nicoll, who has been recruited to design the much anticipated collection.
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!’
BHS is the only other fashion brand in Philip Green’s Arcadia portfolio – Topshop’s parent company – that offers wedding dresses, with prices ranging from £70 to £495.
Nicoll’s spring/summer 2012 collection (pictured, with images from style.com) featured delicate floor length gowns, lengths of organza and modern tailoring and it is believed that 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 Nicoll’s own eponymous label, which starts at around £245 for a simple vest dress and goes up to £1,025 for a silk layered shift.
Following his graduation from London’s Central Saint Martins MA in 2002, Nicoll collaborated with Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton before establishing 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, Nicoll is also working on a bespoke service set launch in LA and the Far East. This will not be his first foray into bridal design, as he recently created dresses for two friends.
Brides to be looking forward to the launch of the designs should not expect anything traditional – when asked to describe his favourite decade in fashion history Nicoll commented; “It has to be now or why bother?”