The First official show to open New York Fashion Week/ Spring Summer 2017 was Nicholas K brand, the product of sister-and-brother team collaboration of Nicholas and Christopher Kunz. Known for their urban military aesthetic, this collection is a clear departure towards a distinctly more feminine feel. Fierce warriors were nowhere to be seen; instead ethereal beauties wrapped in fluttering folds inhibited the runway.
The inspiration for the collection came from the movie “Theeb”, which portrayed the life of a Bedouin society in the mystic Wadi Rum (secured area of Jordan desert). As the plot of the movie, the clothes exhibited simplicity, efficiency and timeless appeal, with colors evoking wind-swept towering plateaus and narrow canyons in the shades of sand, celadon, nude and a pinch of black. A stark and dusty palette gave a somber mood to the presentation, while dreamy multi-layered folds of fabric, floppy hats, and oversized silver jewelry spoke to romanticism and femininity.
Another level of connection to Wadi Rum was exhibited through the selection of fabrics. The area that remained untouched and constant over the thousands of years is the triumph of sustainability. To capture that aspect, the collection utilized artisan woven fabrics, organic cottons, vegetable dyed leathers, and alpaca wool.
It is also important to mention that Nicholas K. has chosen to honor the memory of the recently departed Bill Cunningham by presenting each attending photographer with a jacket. His contribution to the world of high fashion over the decades was unsurpassed.