A new shirt tale, no starch

A pewter ruffle-front silk shirtdress.
(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

LONDON fashion darling Richard Nicoll is taking some of the starch out of classic British shirt maker Thomas Pink, collaborating on a collection of women’s wear that’s in stores Thursday.

The nine-piece Richard Nicoll for Thomas Pink collection consists of shirtdresses, along with skirts and blouses in a stormy-colored palette of pewter, violet and midnight blue silks.

Nicoll, a graduate of famed fashion school Central St. Martins, was a natural to collaborate with Thomas Pink, because of his reputation for riffing on the classic button-down in his own line, sold at Barneys New York and other upscale stores.

This collection is more straightforward, but no less impressive -- a pewter-colored ruffle-front silk shirtdress with a contrast border is feminine and elegant, while a poplin shirtdress with a pleated bib front is office-appropriate with an edge. Styles range from $195 to $500, which at current exchange rates, is a button-down bargain.

Richard Nicoll for Thomas Pink, Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 843-0014.