The first look that walked out the gates of New York Fashion week had a cowgirl hat and fur peeking out of a shawl collar of an asymmetrical leather and nylon jacket. The bottom half of the outfit was a slim legging type pants and matching slim sleeves with a thumb stirrup. Lastly the shoes are of a pointed nature however the change in structure that was most notable was the very soft leather on the upper crust of the design surrounding the back, top, and insole of the odd little bootie.
As the Nicholas K Fall 2012 collection played on there were some consistencies that really stuck out, the dark brooding looks, the cowboy/cowgirl hats, and the use of thick fabrics with a lot of weight like leather, furs, plush coats in putty and grey, and lots of layering. Only near the end of the collection did the pieces catch a bit of wind and lighten up a bit with silks in mauve, shale, and taupe. But even during the lighter sections of the line there were elements of weighted metallic flapper dress materials that seemed to hold onto the overall weighty tendencies of the collection.
For a line that is sold in many locations and is broadly referred to as more of a crowd pleaser, this season was a tougher sell than what has been shown in the past. Perhaps this new edgier side to Nicholas K is a redefining moment and leaves one with the question “What’s next?”