Fresh from exhibiting at Design Indaba, South African designer Nicholas Coutts reveals his AW17 lookbook exclusively on Nataal

Having presented his AW17 collection at South African Menswear Week and as part of the Emerging Creatives exhibition at Design Indaba 2017, Nicholas Coutts exclusively reveals his new lookbook here. The South African designer collaborated with Nataal contributing photographer Kyle Weeks to shoot on location at Red Hill, Simonstown in Cape Town. “This vast landscape recently devastated by fire, and by a continuous drought, lends a sombre mood to the shoot and is in contrast with the fresh, vibrant and dynamic point of view within the collection,” says Coutts.

Photography Kent Andreasen

Photography Kent Andreasen


Inspired by the shapes and attitude of the mid 1970s, the season offers Coutt’s signature hand woven, luxuriously textured knitwear in natural shades of mint, gold, sky blue and earth red. Huge scarves wrap decadently around the body, boxy mohair jumpers evoke sunrises, padded jackets and wide wool trousers look louche and checked box tops allow the raw warp edges to form fringing. These key pieces mix with paisley print, lurex and crushed velvet layers to create a subtle sex appeal.

Coutts, who sells at AKJP Collective in Cape Town, is also busy making stage costumes for local kasi pop band Native Young, and continues to develop his womenswear line, which this season offers beetle-wing skirts and frilled shirts. “I’m experimenting with weaving and amping up the creativity,” he tells Nataal. “It’s also been really nice to be at Design Indaba and meet with lots of different people. As a young designer you don’t get to go out and personally show your product that often.”

Photography Kyle Weeks
Styling Peter Georgiades
Models Maxwell Annoh at Twenty, Josh Boulton at Ice Models and Joshua Hichens
Bags House of Grace X Nicholas Coutts
Hats Crystal Birch X Nicholas Coutts
Photography Kent Andreasen

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