Taking inspiration from her own Scottish ancestry, Neilson named her collection after the ancient manuscript on Scottish clan tartans ‘Vestiarium Scoticum’
Neilson blends medieval Scottish styles with her own signature sculptural forms.
Tartan was of course present:
The Menzies tartan kept with the black and white colour palette of the collection and the Burns Check just added a faint touch of Hodden Grey and green.
Whilst the red Royal Stewart tartan and multi MacLellan tartan brought a blast of colour.
Nielsen also chose the Royal Stewart tartan as homage to the Queens Diamond Jubilee especially creating a short kilt with a dot and lace overlay.
Black tulle overlay added texture and drama to the tartan: covering the model from neck to toe over an off the shoulder knee length fitted dress, and wrapped around the feminine curves of a high necked sculptured dress (top image).
Nielsen shows she’s dotty over the Burns Check with this Juliette sleeved jacket. But then her grandmother is a Burns.
One of the key pieces was the high neck conical neckerchief blouse in silk grosgrain with lace overlay. Teamed with tartan pencil skirt.
Sweeping the floor in bold and dramatic statements was the monochrome tartan Le Cigale oversized skirt and deep purple Duchess satin voluminous floor length cape.
Small leather- beaded clutch bags in matching tartan fabrics were made exclusively for Nielsen by Sophia Beckford and also the striking tartan design face laces by Phyllis Cohen
Hats designed by Emma Yeo.
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Photographs by Christopher Dadey