Nicholas K Spring 2012 Collection

Posted on September 17, 2011

We loved the boho-chic minimalism of this collection; the cool whites and taupes making way for the goldenrod and dusty blues and greens that appear to be among the less-often-referenced trend colors for spring. We also loved the loose silhouettes characterized by the slouchy coats and jackets and sheer, floaty dresses. If only we could have seen them all a bit better. As beautiful as the clothes were, the looks were a bit too layered and styled to show them off .We like a scarf as much as the next two queens, but so many of these looks would have benefited by removing them and possibly spreading some of the outerwear around to the less layered, less busy looks.  Still, it’s a cool, breezy collection that touches on a bunch of trends (sheer, away-from-the-body, tie-dyed) without seeming like a slave to them.



 

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  • Anonymous

    I know unstructured is hard to design, and it probably takes more design talent than creating tailored clothing, but I just don’t like this collection.  Folks who are not 6′ + and rail thin can look big and sloppy in loose drapey stuff. The muted palette is pleasing, I’ll give it that. 

  • http://robot-heart.tumblr.com heartbot

    The first three rows reminded me A LOT of Jennifer Lopez in the late 90s/early 2000s. 

  • Anonymous

    A little sloppy and hippie-dippy for me. Guessing it works better in person, when you can see the pieces in motion. The standout piece for me is that last dress, the blue one. Of course, for real-world wearing, it would need to be lined. Is showing off the granny panties still a thing?

  • Anonymous

    A little sloppy and hippie-dippy for me. Guessing it works better in person, when you can see the pieces in motion. The standout piece for me is that last dress, the blue one. Of course, for real-world wearing, it would need to be lined. Is showing off the granny panties still a thing?

  • Anonymous

    There are some good pieces there, but, frankly, the first word that sprang to mind was “sloppy”.  Too many loose, unstructured garments in the same look.  Pair the same pieces with something more tailored (or at least more fitted), and they’d look much better.

    • Anonymous

      Despite liking your comment, there is a hidden boho-chic side of myself which has always wished she could pull off looks like these. Being neither tall nor willowy precludes that. I very much like the idea of the tailored with the floaty concept. And it’s a beautiful color palette, especially the dusky golden apricot.

      • Anonymous

        There will always be a side of me drawn to boho-chic as well, it’s just part of who I am. And yes, I do agree that pairing the boho floaty pieces with more fitted or tailored pieces would work better.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. The contrast between flowy and structured would make the looks less sloppy and more intriguing. As it is everything looks messy and almost underdressed.

  • Sara__B

    I’m sure the fabrics are gorgeous and the construction is impeccable, but I can put together looks like these from the local thrift stores for a whole lot less.

  • Anonymous

    In theory, I see the appeal of these multi-layered, theatrical floaty pieces–the Daisy Buchanan-ish “life’s a garden party” take on spring/summer.  But I have a feeling that by early July of 2012 I’m going to be jonesing for body con clothes and t-shirt dresses. 

  • MilaXX

    I see bits and pieces I like but I guess it’s what you meant about things being overly layered because some of this looked like homeless people wearing everything they own on their backs. Striped down I would wear a few of these pieces. Love the last blue dress and the oversized white tops.

  • Danny Maza

    too many layers, only skinny models look good on those…

  • Anonymous

    If this is what’s coming out next Spring style-wise, I’m going to be saving myself a lot of money. I love comfortable clothing, but these all look messy and shapeless. That last blue dress is the only thing I sort of like. The color is beautiful.

  • Anonymous

    Not big into layers myself but I do love that periwinkle color–my absolute all-time favorite hue.  Nice to see someone using it, although I can’t get with seeing someone’s undies right through.  TMI.

  • Anonymous

    I’d love to see a close up of the shoes.  The 

  • Anonymous

    I know fashion has no relevance to us mere mortals, but I can only imagine how sloppy all these baggy, “flowy” coats would look on normal people.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

    How do hobos keep their whites so white?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

    How do hobos keep their whites so white?

  • http://twitter.com/ayquechula Ay Que Chula

    OK, I have to rant.  I HATE this collection.  This collection somewhat comically demonstrates my biggest fashion pet peeve.  Some of these models are wearing approximately 29 layers of clothing and we can still see their nipples and undies.  This layering trend started I don’t know how many years ago and it’s not going away because it compels people to buy twice as many clothes just to cover themselves up. These flimsy layers are sold as hip and bought by suckers. I can’t even walk into the Gap anymore and find a decent blouse that doesn’t require me to buy another shirt to wear underneath it so that my boobs/bra/nipples won’t be showing.  I live in Texas where it is 100+ degrees about 364 days out of the year and I do not want to wear more clothing than I need to.  I have fallen for it in the past, because seriously, THIS SHEER SHIT IS EVERYWHERE, but I have had it.  I’m putting my foot down.  I refuse to buy another item of clothing that is designed to be worn in public that does not cover my private parts.  OK, fashion people? Do you hear me?  Thank you.

    • Rand Ortega

      Preach, Sister!

    • Anonymous

      I loved the collection but i LOVED your rant.  I really really hate it when the sales girls tells me ‘oh, you just need to put a camisole underneath that.’  NO, I don’t want to wear two layers of clothes.  I want one layer.  Maybe with a scarf or a float-y jacket.  But I hate hate hate it that i have to buy a special freaking bra to go with a shirt.  Can’t I be float-y and bohemian without nipplage?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YAMNQMUGFM4NNSPAQLZRODSD5I Angela

      Hey, we have four seasons in Texas, they’re just a little different ~ Almost Summer, Summer, Still Summer, and Christmas. I agree about the sheerness thing, that’s just not something I care to wear. We should contact the head of the Obscene Committee and lodge a complaint…

      • parissweetheart

        By “Christmas” I hope you mean that’s when we string lights onto the Cacti and Mesquite because it’s often warm and people are wearing shorts in my area of Texas.

        Though Texas is so big that that the seasons are different. One area is frozen while another is begging for the sun to take a vacation.

        As for the clothes, I agree about not wanting to add another shirt to wear a shirt. 

      • parissweetheart

        By “Christmas” I hope you mean that’s when we string lights onto the Cacti and Mesquite because it’s often warm and people are wearing shorts in my area of Texas.

        Though Texas is so big that that the seasons are different. One area is frozen while another is begging for the sun to take a vacation.

        As for the clothes, I agree about not wanting to add another shirt to wear a shirt. 

    • Anonymous

      Though I love this collection, I hear you & love you for your rant.

      Also, your screen name makes me smile.

  • Anonymous

    It looks like a fun collection to see, not so fun to wear.

  • Anonymous

    Color is great, but the pieces, not so much.  Looks like layers of dyed toilet papaer.

  • Anonymous

    it just plain looks sloppy and would make me look like a slob given I am not skinny. If the guy in the all black had some muscle I could see me liking him.

  • Anonymous

    The women’s clothes aren’t very appealing – they seem slap-dash  – but the men’s line is fabulous. And it’s not just how insanely gorgeous the models are, either. The clothes on the men just really look stylish and masculine.

    • Anonymous

      And I could sort of see them being worn in Austin…well, not all parts of Austin….East of 35 would be iffy….

      • Anonymous

        Not so much anymore. The hipster contingent is growing.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, there are just too many things going on here.  Every outfit should have at least one item removed, preferably the sheer items. And some of the scarves.  Actually, just start over.

  • Addicted2Glamour

    A few of the dresses are pretty in a Boho way, but my initial impression is “someone finally discovered how to upmarket gym clothes.”
    I can see the appeal for others, but I’m just not feeling it.   

  • Delaney Davis

    Jerrell would love this stuff

  • http://www.facebook.com/fiddlecub Kevin VanOrd

    As The Duchess might ask: who is this woman wearing a giant coat over a sheer dress through which you see her undies, and where is she going? I imagine her one-night stand kicked her out in the early morning while still in her negligee, and she grabbed her coat while rushing out the door.

    I love almost all of the menswear. I adore the jacket third from the end. I would make love to it. At very least, I would make love *in* it.

  • Lisa

    Over-all sloppy – not loving it.  Especially not after you just showed us that glorious De La Renta collection!

  • Anonymous

    Love love love. The silhouettes aren’t my thing, but the textures and colors are right up my alley. This is a collection I can actually take inspiration from and think of when I shop or get dressed in the morning. There are a lot of collections that I love to look at, but have little to do with my own personal style; this is much closer to something I can use, so to speak.

  • Anonymous

    For me it’s just too floppy and sloppy. I like some of the looks, but when it comes to actually wearing most of those clothes, the inordinate amount flapping fabric when I moved place would irritate the bejeebus out of me pretty quick. And heaven help me if there was a wind.

    • parissweetheart

      Haven’t you ever been tempted to pull a Marilyn Monroe? jk
      You best have your nice panties on with these clothes.

  • Anonymous

    I wish I’d live in the kind of fashion utopia where the streets are filled with people looking like this.
    I think I might need that beige coat to survive next spring but there’s lots to love.

  • Anonymous

    The clothes seem more fun than wearable, at least the sheers do, but I’m really liking the colors. I’ve noticed there are some great prints out there–I’ll have to check the Mood website and see what’s on offer.

  • Anonymous

    Love the colors!  I really hope I find them in stores next spring, especially the pumpkin/gray combinations and that beautiful dusty blue.  There are several pieces I would love to own but most of them I can’t wrap my mind around how they are going to translate into what an actual female human would put on and go out to face her day wearing.

  • Anonymous

    sign me up! Love this

  • Anonymous

    Love it. 

  • Anonymous

    I really really like this collection because I like the idea and looks of clothes that are away from the body.  In real life they do make one look larger, but oh the dream of the floaty, not sucking-in-my-gut feeling of clothes like this.  mmmmmmmm

  • Anonymous

    What is with the bandaged-ankle shoes with all the floaty, fly-away clothes?  The juxtaposition isn’t working for me, but maybe that’s because I have too much sympathy for all those models, still having to walk the runway even though they clearly should be recovering from whatever that horrible accident was with their feet up somewhere.  (It must have been a horrible accident, right? for so many models to sprain *both* of their ankles?)

  • Anonymous

    Rhoda Morgenstern returns

    • margaret meyers

      without all the prints and the gypsy details.

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/dLUE.9h6zdoHMLprP6AQrSQpKt0CZys-#e58b4 tom

    I think that I like it but like you said there are too many layers to  really tell what the items look like.  It would be better to see the collection’s outfits pared down.

  • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

    Nice stuff even though I did have to peel the layers off some of the models, and kept going…

  • margaret meyers

    Upbeat, well-groomed Mad Max? 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=19801927 Dennis Coyle

    my biggest problem was the ridiculous spray-tanning.  why make so many gorgeous people and clothes play off orange when darker, natural complexions would have created a much more beautiful effect? 

  • http://twitter.com/TheScottFinley Scott Finley

    I really like the Fall/Winter 2011 collection and got to see a few pieces of it in person yesterday. I ended up buying a zip cardigan which looks fantastic, and while it was styled to look a bit deconstructed, it’s not and I can wear it in another context and it will look put together and constructed. That being said, while I LOVE the look of this collection, I’m not seeing many things which can be worn in other contexts. I think deconstructed like this looks really youthful and that’s great, but it’s not a look that someone over 30 can get away with and look good. I love designers who push things forward and don’t default back to the 70s, so I applaud Nicholas K (however, it is a little 80s which is fine by me-New Wave saved my life), but while I can usually find a few pieces from even very trendy designers that I can wear in a different context and still look age-appropriate, I’m not seeing that here. It’s a great collection, yes. It’s just extremely youthful-it has a limited audience.

  • Anonymous

    There’s an easy, breezy, effortless quality to the collection but sadly I can’t tell what I’m looking at.  There’s too many layers and a lot of it looks like the models are draped in linen bedsheets with drawstrings.

  • Anonymous

    OMG i loved this.  especially the greys and blues.  why oh why won’t they make these things in my size?  

  • Anonymous

     Can someone explain something to me that I just don’t get – what kind of a guy wears the menswear displayed on these fashion runways?

    • Anonymous

      Men who wear “onesies”. They remind me of a “Workaholic’s” episode where the guys wore over sized T-shirt’s stapled at the crotch.

    • Anonymous

      Men who want to up the gratification I get from people-watching?

      More seriously, trend-followers and men who want to visually cue you to know that they are musicians, artists, actors and quite bohemian. Sometimes (usually unfortunately) men who do a lot of yoga and think deep thoughts.

      Not so much the guy in the next cubicle.

  • Anonymous

    God I love this. I have a long history of lusting after men who can wear stuff like this well, so I can only hope that the t-shirts & cargo shorts/ill-begotten prep-wear with which the young about me mostly adorn themselves, will be, at least occasionally, influenced by this trend.

    Slim hope. And, speaking of slim, if the under-25′s don’t take to it, the rest of us are going to have to take great care lest we look like the proverbial unmade bed.