Nicó Unveils AW2021 Collection: RAUTE

Nicó Unveils AW2021 Collection: RAUTE

In a time where everything almost seemed to be at a standstill, many creatives took this moment to rethink their approach to not only their design work but also in how to show their work. This has also been a very isolating period and being faced with feelings of fear, uncertainty, anxiety, depression among many others, many have turned to creative work to keep themselves busy. Those same feelings brought forth inspiration, and at that, going back to basics was the biggest trend we saw in fashion design through 2020 and into 2021. Drawing inspiration from nature, while exploring the darkness was the outlet that helped Texas Fashion Designer, Nick Pérez (they/them), channel their creative energy during the Pandemic.


Nicó AW2021. Photography credits: Stellina Stampouli

“This collection, and like collections before, tells the story of my gritty surroundings that raised and built me. Visually, a constant “growing on the dresses” element is highly present to really paint the scene of the season. The collection, titled “Raute” was also somewhat of a journal documenting my past with mental health battles. I often felt as if it was a shame to have such a struggle but as I’ve grown up with my work, I have come to understand that it’s not how we fade away, but how we grow from that point.”, stated Pérez. Digging deep into their psyche and roots, this collection is gritty and raw from the colors to the fabrics to the campaign itself.


Nicó AW2021. Photography credits: Stellina Stampouli


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Raute is an evolution for Corpus Christi native. The previous collection was more floral and delicate and in their eyes, more catered to the sensibilities of the Texan woman’s comfort zone. “When I first started, my work was very conceptual and edgy. I was only 15 and didn’t think anyone would listen, so I felt like I had to accommodate with extremely feminine pieces.”, said the young designer. “I’m 22 now and have given the confidence in myself and accolades that have come with it, I knew it was time to start designing for my own heart again. I think I have always catered towards the ferocious woman, I just don’t think I was properly translating my vision till now.”


Nicó AW2021. Photography credits: Stellina Stampouli

While Pérez still draws inspiration from the women who have impacted their life, sharing their strength and resilience in a marriage between soft and strong was the main focus. The collection includes more raw edges of flowy fabrics, hand-cut leaves, intricate beadwork, and up to 400 yards of hand textured tulle in a couture gown that took 5 weeks to construct. Nicó has now incorporated sustainable knits with hand-sewn fringe detailing using remnants of torn textiles. The designer has also made a point to create pieces that are size inclusive with elements that flow and flatter the body. The Nicó Label also introduced accessories that fit the narrative of grit. With the help of jewelry maker Austin Alegria, they incorporated the inspiration of the Nicó bull emblem and created a barbed wire-inspired jewelry collection. “The barbed wire is wrapping around the person wearing it. Keeping them in their couture the same way barbed wire keeps the bull in its fence. The danger and femininity are all wrapped into one.”


Nicó AW2021. Photography credits: Stellina Stampouli


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For the Raute campaign, Pérez enlisted a team of young creatives and new muses like Teen Belleza Latina International 2020, Ashlee Ebarb and body-positive model Ariana Alonzo. Pérez intends to continue to be a voice for young BIPOC (Black & Indigenous People of Color) offering more opportunities to showcase their work through innovative projects and experiences. “In the world of fashion, you don’t see kids like us make it.”, said the Latinx designer. “This season, like every other, it was important to celebrate the artistry of my team and honor their craft through each innovation. Our efforts are always to build each other up through collaboration and sharing our ambitions. There is room for everyone at the top and the young black/brown artists I have had the honor of sharing a creative world with inspire me every day to break down walls in this industry like the ferocious bulls we are.”


Nicó AW2021. Photography credits: Stellina Stampouli

While a fashion show or in-person showcase did not sit right with the designer and team, they showcased the entire collection online in a social media campaign that launched on March 31st, 2021. Though there is the hope of in-person fashion shows in the future, the designer is happy about the myriad of possibilities in the virtual space.


Nicó AW2021. Photography credits: Stellina Stampouli


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Models: Ariana Alonzo and Ashlee Ebarb

Photography: Stellina Stampouli

Hair: Mylan Medrano

Makeup: Nick Pérez

Jewelry: designed by Nicó label, made by Austin Alegria

Assisted by Angelica Carranco and Benjamin Medina

View the full collection campaign on Instagram @tejanico



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