What better way to start the morning off than with a fashion show bright and early? Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week officially began with Nicholas K’s Fall/Winter 2012 collection at 9 AM. After the lights dimmed, Nancy Sinatra’s song, “Bang Bang [My Baby Shot Me Down]”, blared and set the mood for what was about to be presented. (For any Quentin Tarantino fans out there, it’s the same song that opened “Kill Bill Vol. 1”.) As the first model walked onto the runway, both “True Grit” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” came to mind. Think Hailee Steinfeld if she turned Goth or somehow morphed into Lisbeth Salander. Amazingly structured cowboy hats were worn on top of various jet black, grey, and burnt orange wigs. Dramatic smokey eyes and dark purple or black lips completed the looks.
This F/W 2012 collection was certainly the next evolution to their Spring/Summer 2012 collection. While S/S 2012 had whites and lights, this season had tons of black and dark neutral tones. The same layering concept – designer Nicholas Kunz’s signature touch – was also prevalent. Opaque jersey tops and frothy chiffon dresses and tunics gave a sense of lightness. Textured jackets, vests, and anoraks for both women and men were interestingly cut, which added to the tough and edgy allure. Business in the front, party in the back (and vice versa). The Nicholas K woman or man can pick from slouchy, cropped, or paneled pants and trousers.
Another big design detail was fringe. This isn’t your mother’s fringe – they came in long, extra long, braided, and sequined versions. The showstopper had to be the multi-colored striped and chevron patterned jacket. The asymmetric cowl neck gave it a more contemporary feel. Without the pop of color from the peach/salmon, the color palette would not have been as exciting. Other points of interest were the choices in accessories. Some models’ necks were adorned with turtle shells (I’m still unsure if they’re real or not – I’m hoping for the latter) and Western-style beaded necklaces. Overall, Nicholas K was innovative in terms of cuts and silhouettes and as for the layering, quite inspirational. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some of those said techniques emulated this week – it’s pretty cold in NY!
PS. I apologize for the blurry pictures! Like always, click on over to Style.com for the complete collection.
Photos by Monique