Richard Nicoll passed away on Friday morning in Sydney at age 39 after suffering a heart attack, Vogue U.K. reports. Born in London but raised in Australia, the fashion designer had been a London Fashion Week staple for almost a decade.
Nicoll graduated from Central Saint Martins with an MA in menswear in 2002, and he went on to serve as creative director at Cerruti and a freelance designer for Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton. He also had his own label, which he closed in 2015. Earlier this year, he ended a stint as creative director for British retailer Jack Willis, and was set to serve as creative director for Adidas in January, according to Business of Fashion.
“It is with great sadness that we confirm that Richard Nicoll passed away unexpectedly this morning in Australia from a heart attack. Richard was one of the quiet stars of fashion. He was a true gentleman, a wonderful friend and a much loved son,” his family said in a statement.
The statement continued, “Anyone that had the privilege of knowing him knew that he had a heart of gold, an innate kindness and a modesty and humility that sometimes didn’t allow him to acknowledge his own exceptional creative talent. He loved his life in Australia. He had recently confirmed a new role at Adidas and a collaboration with Woolmark both of which he was excited about. We will miss his handsome face, his sense of humor and his love.”