Inspiration: BASE jumping/free falling. “We call it ‘Terminal Velocity’ because it’s really high-energy, really adrenaline-packed.”
Expert draping, languid layers, and a palette resembling the sunset took over the Skylight at Clarkson Square Gallery this morning during the Nicholas K NYFW Spring 2016
“Terminal Velocity” presentation. The pieces feel suitable for a world not far from the characters running wild in this year’s film, Mad Max. Makes sense considering the adrenaline reference in BASE jumping.
Founded in 2003 by brother and sister duo Christopher and Nicholas Kunz, New York clothing label Nicholas K has a downtown edge/lady pilot/desert bomber aesthetic. In the Spring 2016 collection the Kunzes pursue with stunning fervor what they know well: wares for the urban warrior.
The presentation did not shy away from textures despite the somewhat sleek and streamlined inspiration. Tent dresses played alongside “stratus” and “aerial” blue denim tops and bottoms. Hooded silky, draped jackets and billowing ponchos melded together and at the same time separated in the wind like a delicate mille-fueille pastry.
Found My Animal rope leashes embellished many of the looks by acting as a necklace, a belt, or a sash. Nicholas K x Huntress jewelry created gold arm cuffs built for a gladiator. An umber distressed leather jumpsuit suitable for a foreign sands exploration (or a strut down Manhattan’s streets), was a standout. A gasp of excitement escaped when a storm grey leather jacket with a tall cowl neck collar walked down the runway. Dustings of aerial blue and nimbus white offset an otherwise dark palette of midnight black, lunar grey, “Martian storm” and sunset orange.
A beautiful, collared silk gown in sunset orange and midnight black dip-dyed hem lit up the runway. Upon closer inspection, we notice it’s partnered with what can only be described as a truly badass black leather vest-purse. The innovation of Nicholas K is not only a crowd drawing exhibition of talent and definitive vision, but an inspiration to those of us dressing for our version of “warrior” and risk-taker in every part of the world.
by Devin Tuel
Photos: Courtesy of Nicholas K