British menswear designer Nicomede Talavera looked at the symbiotic relationship between Gentleman and Neanderthal for AW 2010. According to him the Gentleman brought the traditional influence such as the silhouette while the Neanderthal’s reactionary and primitive charm pave in craftsmanship and textures.

Only his second collection Nicomede (still studying at Central Saint Marti) already has managed to capture the essence of modern dressing – using classic menswear tailoring and updating it using modern fabrics and employing artisan skills. 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.

Nicomede takes on a harder edge on knitwear using leather, neoprene, denim and mohair yarns. His jackets are in bomber style with embossed tyvek and faux seal skin sleeves. He also employed contrasting textures such as PVC, crushed velvet, leather, wools. For details he finished several items in ceremonial skull and ethnic beading.

Photographer Jane ChilversStyling Jack Cassidy
Model CHRIS TANNER CSV MA at Premier Model Management
Make-up Erin LongHair Amanda BriggsShoes Sponsored by Dr Martens