New York Fashion Week F/W 2012: Nicholas K

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The brother sister duo better known as Nicholas K had a pretty wild collection this year at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week for the Fall viewings this season.  When I say wild, I mean wild wild west.  The collection had a very western edge while still keeping consistent to the aesthetic of modern classics that easily become wardrobe staples by the incorporation of traditional quality and design by their modern refinements and downtown edge.  Although the cowboy hats were a bit too literal and otherwise unnecessary, it added to the heavily fringed, fur and leather layered pieces shown throughout the collection.

There were a lot of leather pieces that were expertly designed with a belting system that clung to all the proper places while allowing whatever you wished to remain hidden stay as such.  The loose leggings were a fresh take on the wardrobe staple of most women, but became just as excellent when shown on the male models making them an easy transition piece into the male wardrobe as well. The sheer black over-layered knee length dresses of fine fabrics were in strong contrast to the chest length statement necklaces of the tortoise shell variety that hung with well proportioned beading that although seemingly large in size didn’t overshadow the integrity of the design.  The neutral palette in tones of gun metal, caramel, black, rust, and grey came off very modern when shown in the silhouette of the loose cowl neck shirts that gave a vest like appearance when paired with slouchy waistcoats.  The metallic layered fringe dress that even the shyest gal (while keeping with the western theme) would find a way to wear the look if worn as styled in the show in the over the knee boot or with this seasons hottest peep toe pump and or boot.
Personally I must say I loved the way the menswear was woven into the collection and melded with everything blurring together seamlessly. The male styling was a smash hit for even the most fashion doubtful as they were just as rugged as if they had been shown in the deepest canyon and not on the pristine runways of Lincoln Center. The edginess of the layered knitwear and leather was just as intricate as the delicate brown belted look the male model wore since the handkerchief and leather safari coat was all that was necessary to pull it together.
The standout looks of the collection included a one shouldered dress that was adorned with a perfectly placed necklace that could easily translate into the press junket scene for your favorite starlet as it was simple yet has a sheen that not only would photograph well, but gave an air of edge with an ode to effortless elegance that many today like to convey.
In its entirety I will say the Nicholas K collection was excellent for the new silhouette of loose and draped fabrics and its usage of toned down metallic’s.  It was tres’ refreshing to see in this otherwise consistent viewing this season of bright color blocking, body-con dresses and print blocking that there was more to be seen in what some may deem a redundant fashion scene.  However when the duo that is Nicholas K  wanted to dip their hat into the foray of print, they were most comfortable in the Aztec printed slouchy coats and tie dyed tanks that were amazingly executed, especially the beaded Aztec tank that was paired with yet another asymmetrical leather coat.  How do you end a show with such consistent relaxed elegance and melding of sexuality and style that never gave way to fussy materials and point of views?  Just as they did at Nicholas K, with a beloved canine in tow that did just as his human counterparts did walking the runway, head up smiling all the way to the bank-BRAVO!

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