Friday, February 10, 2017
Traditionally, our favorite start to New York Fashion Week includes wondering what new statement accessory we’ll see at Nicholas K. This year, we braved the snow storm and freezing wind chill, while schools and offices citywide were closed for a snow day, to see what brother/sister duo, Nicholas and Christopher Kunz had in store for fall. As the first model made her entrance to hip hop tunes spun from a live DJ, accompanied by rapper Latasha Alcindor, you instantly feel transported to the 90’s. The mood was strong and fierce, with a clear undertone of the political activity in present day. Their signature urban nomad style is still present with leather headbands, billowy caftans, baggy ottoman pants, and military inspired cuts and colour palette. Styled with berets that reminisce on the Black Panther movement, nose rings, oversized hoop earrings, Nicholas K brings us back to a time that held “the promise of a global humanitarian community, communal diversity and unity” to show that we presently seem to be moving against progress. Politics aside, their collection had numerous gorgeous shearling lined coats, crushed velvets fabrics, cozy knits, and standout metallic booties. Every second was worth the trek through Storm Niko.
All photos courtesy of Nicholas K.
Quickly after Nicholas K, we rushed to Desigual, which included ducking back outside into Storm Niko and reentering the building (why we couldn’t go through the ropes indoors is beyond me). This season's show titled "Extraordinary" focuses on personal expression, inspired blending iconic looks from the '60s, '70s, and '80s, but through a modern day lens. The collection focused on mixing the looks of 3 subcultures: 1. Ready to Dance - the dance culture of 60's in England and 80's in the US with bowling shirts, sports vests and high waist pants 2. Upper Wave - the punky Spanish New Wave and Californian rock scene with iconic rips, animal prints, plaid, and leather and 3. California team - the attitude of the underground LA scene of women working to break preconceived notions of how they should look, with vivid colors and prints, and romantic florals. Memorable looks included the long dresses with printed florals, the playful fuzzy hats paired with plaid jumpers, and all the brightly patterned tights.