Nicholas K: An Omage to the 90’s


Everybody is going to remember the first day of NYFW.  The snowstorm is going to make sure of that. But a “little” snow is not going to stop us from finding out first hand, or first row in this case, what are we going to be wearing in the next few months.

I had the pleasure of going to the Nicholas K show which opened NYFW. Nicholas K are a siblings duo that have been designing since 2003.  Very often their aesthetics are described as urban nomad. They draw inspiration from urban life, outdoors adventures and extensive travel to remote destinations. They design for a woman that is versatile, dynamic and always on the move. Their new collection is exactly that, but with a twist.

The collection, entitled “Built From Scratch” is an homage to the 90’s. As they describe it “… a decade promising communal diversity and unity.” along with “ political military undertones.” It was very clear the collection was greatly influenced by the Black Panthers and The Guardian Angels (yeah.. They went there).

This collection had power and attitude, it was divided into color schemes, opening with gold and black looks that were strong. The first look included a  lame trench with matching pants and beret that read tough and feminine simultaneously. The second color scheme added red to the mix. With the back of a red coat revealing a dramatic black velvet inset (definitely a wow piece). The next colors to enter the mix were the neutrals like beige, cream, gray and white all over that made the looks come together.

What stood out for me, were the sleeve-like belts that could be seen in almost every garment that walked down the runway, from dresses to jackets to cardigans. All had that feeling of the plaid shirt tied around the waist, that was a direct ode to the 90’s grunge fashion.

Trench-shape coats and motorcycle-like jackets were another highlight on the runway- they had serious swagger. And to all velvet lovers out there, you can relax because according to the K siblings velvet is here to stay along with leather, cut-outs and sheer panels.

The shapes varied from airy to body-con, with the brand’s signature layering. As far as accessories go, the IT items for the upcoming cold season are gold and silver booties that looked fierce and elegant at the same time. (I want them).

The show scene stealer, for me, was a play on the white suit and included a white button down shirt dress with a wide legged pant paired with a belt and the gold booties. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

Definitely, a memorable opening to what seems is going to be a great fashion week.