Richard Nicoll's signature understated, pristine and optimistic vision is always refreshing - and this season, expect no less. The sanguine designer renowned for his deft tailoring and conceptual approach says he is, "feeling ready to embrace the new and unknown... I am leaving the cocoon of stability and routine, and I think this is reflected in my collection." Nicoll, also Creative Director at French fashion house Cerruti, allows W a peek inside his studio leading up to London Fashion Week.

What has inspired your designs this season?
This season is about comfort, ease and freedom. I didn't want anything to have waist emphasis so [I] looked at the 20's to reference the drop-waisted silhouettes in a sporty way. Also there is a cocoon and moth motif that reflects the comfort and freedom of the mood.

There seems to be optimism in the air for 2011... Do you think this will follow through to the runway?
I agree that there seems to be something of a feeling of significant change in the air, there certainly is for me anyway. I have made some personal changes to my life and I'm feeling ready to embrace the new and unknown. I feel as though I am leaving the cocoon of stability and routine, you could say, and I think this is reflected in my collection.