Always the best way to kick off my fashion week, Nicholas K's layers, hoods, great pants, fabulous long dresses, and standout accessories are their norm. Bonus is the empowering aesthetic that projects a woman's confidence without compromising feminine beauty. For Spring 2016 Nicholas K accomplished this with show-opening whites, a mellow burnished orange, a striking light blue, and basic greys and blacks. The gold cuff that covered almost the entire forearm and was often shown with an accompanying hand piece, felt medieval and futuristic at once. I was struck this season also by the delicate fabrics, sheer layering, and seamless drapery that, together with the cuffs, evoked a naturalistic and earthy strength.
I went right from Nicholas K's layered chic to Rebecca Vallance's sophisticated party girls, and not a bigger juxtaposition could be found. Immediately upon entering the presentation space I thought: perfect party clothes. However, the pantsuits and tailored dresses also make for impeccable day and work gear. Interview standards, luncheon looks, important meeting dresses, and the perfect day-into-evening looks can all be found from this up-and-coming Australian designer. Highlights included a cherry red pantsuit and stunning burgundy leather dresses.
The scene at Rebecca Vallance. Photo from nyfw.com.