Monday, February 7, 2011

NYFW Preview: Nicholas K Fall 2011: "Into the Wild”


For the Fall/Winter 2011 season, designer Nicholas Kunz and her brother/business partner Christopher Kunz will show theirNicholas K collection at Lincoln Center during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on Thursday, September 10th at 9 am in the Studio. This will be the second time the brand will kick-off MBFW, following last season when Nicholas K was the first show EVER at Lincoln Center.

Hailing from Arizona, Nicholas and Christopher grew up spending a lot of time in the outdoors and love to go fishing and camping. After living in New York City for several years, the brother & sister duo decided to finally look for a refuge in Upstate NY where they could bring their dog (the popular Boxer, Jake, who always makes the runway exit with them after their shows) and participate in the outdoor sports they love. This search for the perfect cabin, surrounded by protected land with reservoirs, trails for hiking, forests for hunting and streams for fishing, became an inspiration for this upcoming Fall collection.

As Nicholas explains, “For our Fall collection, I was inspired by the woods and rustic living; the survival instinct and going back to primitive ways. The fall colors of the forest are reflected in the palette and overall aesthetic and I used a lot of texture and incorporated Navajo inspired prints. Think log homes, gypsies,  stone fireplaces, owls, camping and migration.” Movies such as The Wilderness FamilyA River Runs Through ItLegends of the Fall and Into the Wild also served as inspiration.

The collection features fabrics such as; rich corduroys, hunter green silk velvets and butter-soft lambskin and warm Mongolian furs. Key styles include chunky hand-knit cable sweaters with hand knotted leather buttons, tiered ruffle skirts that can be worn as dresses and many pieces are made with multifunctional details. Colors include rust orange, hunter green, evergreen, moss, birch, snow, harvest, bark and mud brown. This season, Nicholas has collaborated with Vintage Shoe Co. to create limited edition  boots, including a unique “Creeper” update, which will be shown in several colorways and used for both men’s and women’s looks.Napoleon Perdis will the doing the make-up, with Rodney Cutler as the lead artist for hair, Nails by Dashing Diva and Tom Guinness styling (a first time collaboration for the brand).

Since launching their women’s line in Fall of 2003, with men’s following in 2006, Nicholas Kunz and her brother and business partner, Christopher Kunz, have continued to deliver a downtown city edge to their customer base. Known for their trademark traditional quality and design with modern twists, the brand strives to deliver unique products, which will remain timeless wardrobe staples. In 2009, Nicholas & Christopher were inducted as members of the CFDA, marking a pivotal moment for the brand. The Nicholas K collection is now sold in over 120 stores worldwide and they also recently launched an E-Shop on their website

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