Nicholas K. New York Fashion Week S/S 2013
If nomads were to strut the streets of Manhattan in a stylish manner, they would surely wear Nicholas K. The ever-evolving Kunz siblings kicked off this year’s New York Fashion Week with a collection that embodies the label’s signature hobo-chic look. The inspiration was taken from a 70s movie called Soylent Green, that depicts New York City in the year of 2022. Nicholas Kunz, the creative mastermind behind the brand, believes that in in spite of all the technological advances, people are still reverting back to pureness and minimalistic life. Having that said, the earthly toned organic clothes shown on the runway correspond beautifully with the designer’s eco-awareness.
This year, it was all about layering for Nicholas K. Oversized loose knits were combined with cropped shorts and spiced up with fashionable parkas; Tender tunics were layered with lightweight cashmere sweaters. Silky garments also played a big role in the spring ’13 story– the hues were mainly golden, taupe and ivory with sudden pops of icy blue, bright orange and mint green, while the forms varied from loose pants to statement-making jumpsuits (lets not forget the one that opened the show). Other eye-catching pieces included hooded sweatshirts, draped jackets and tasseled dresses. Label’s essential relaxed silhouette was spiced up with the 70s influenced oversized sunglasses, stocking caps and strappy sandals. The ultimate downtown hobo look was completed with très naturel make-up and nonchalant hairdos.
When it comes to menswear, the designers also played with the original floating silhouette keeping it safe in terms of color, mainly focusing on grays, camels and blues. The dynamics were added with leather pieces, nautical motives and color blocking. The designers also presented variety of outerwear choices, mainly parkas.
The story behind the spring ’13 RTW collection is not pretentious, but rather kind. It is not only about the clothes, it is also about the person who wears them - The Nicholas K personage is smart, independent and comfortably chic. After all, it is you wearing the clothes, not the other way around.