Nicholas K Spring 2013 Collection

Posted on September 08, 2012


Evoking a desert feel with its use of sandy beiges and cinnamon tones, the Nicholas K collection took it one step further through the deployment of its signature sense of layering and use of headwear. The result? Bedouin chic. No one can layer like Nicholas K can. It seems to be something of an obsession for the brand. There are times when it gets to be just a bit too much for our tastes, but that’s just runway styling, and besides, the low-key hues and drapey, flow-y pieces manage to keep everything from looking overdone. As always with Nicholas K, you have to mentally break each look down to its components, and when you do that, you see some really great pieces; especially the outerwear.



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  • Cute! My mom had that shiny track suit when I was six. She’ll be so happy it’s back in style.

    Some of the flowing pieces aren’t too bad, but the ones that will translate well to regular wear are very generic and already on the shelf. Even the colors are unimaginative. I like the last row best, at least it’s bright.

    Verdict: Not For Me

  • PostsYouCanDanceTo

    I’m responding positively to the menswear. A couple of loose, thin, disheveled-chic sweaters would get me a lot of mileage here in San Diego. I especially want the grey hoodie in the fourth row.

    • uprightcitizen

       I’m in San Diego, too, and want that gray hoodie as well. There is rarely anything shown at Fashion Week that a guy could wear in a laid-back city like this, but that hoodie with just the patch of silver at the shoulder would be the kind of thing I would wear the crap out of. Unfortunately, the H&M knockoff, if it ever arrives, will be made out of acrylic and therefore way too hot for here (sigh).

  • MilaXX

    It’s nice, but nothing to get overly excited about.

  • As a person who spent much of my teens and twenties attempting to get my clothes a close as possible to pajamas and still look stylish, I am intrigued by all of this stuff. Of course, I’m sitting around in a giant cowl necked t-shirt right now, so I am biased. Agree the colors are a little too drab, except for the blacks and greys, which are fine with me as the neutrals I usually choose. Tan and beige, though, not so much.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    I love the feeling – it’s a lot more fabric than I can see a person actually wearing, but it’s beautifully relaxed without looking slouchy. I think “high fashion Halle Berry” – she favors loose flowly pieces when she’s being casual.

  • michelle shields

    Hate the man-sandals. Otherwise not too bad. I agree with Linea. Not for me. 

  • Ehhhh, too gray and beige and layer-y.  It’s not my thing, it’s not grabbing me.

  • LadyCelia

    Add neck canisters and you’ve got Tusken Raiders (aka Sand People) from Star Wars.

    Some of the pieces are really lovely, and extracted from the desert layering, I’m sure that they’ll be fab.  The styling with the wig cap stocking hats is really kind of putting me off, though.

  • I fashion gasped at that first look! I would never go for that color, but she looks like she’s off to have a desert adventure! LOVE!

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  • mhleta

    Wow, I love this. Beautiful and wearable at any age. I don’t love the shininess of the fabric in the bottom three pieces. Looks like it would be fairly unforgiving to the normal motions of female flesh, but otherwise, stunning. 

  • kmk05

    …Layering two pairs of shorts? Really?

    Totally love the vibe of this, but layering is so damn time-consuming! You’ve got to go out and shop for the right pieces (which make you frown because you have to convince yourself that this half-shirt showing the belly button will look good with something underneath even though it costs as much as a normal shirt does and doesn’t need an additional piece) and then you’ve got to layer them correctly in the morning (and you cannot throw it on without paying attention if you only have five minutes) and finally you;ve got to make sure you’re not headed into hobo/70s hipster territory (that’s totally personal taste, though).

  • ghopping

    How do I get a hold of those men’s sandals?

    • kimmeister

      Apparently with your big toe only!

  • Zippypie

    I love collections that show both men’s and women’s designs. While the layering is extreme, it is a fashion show and makes me want to experiment.  Love the lightness and airiness of the fabrics.

  • IAmJ

    Perhaps not earth-shattering, but I do find many pieces in this collection to be really cool and very (VERY) wearable. The whole thing, to me, has a very European feel, which is always a plus in my (European) book. And I kinda love the man sandals. I’d take those over man flip-flops any day. 

  • j_anson

    Mmmm… Meh. Once I noticed that the headgear reminded me of sausage ends, I couldn’t un-notice it.

    • lizajane1776

       To me, once I saw those eyeglasses and the hats together, I could only see Waldo!

  • Nicholas K for Showtime’s Homeland

  • schadenfreudelicious

    Third girl first row, a good friend’s niece, 16 yr old Albertan Jenna Earle, she is gonna be a big thing! 🙂

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    I love the shapes in these pieces, makes me wish I could wear unstructured clothing without looking like a circus tent. 

  • I love some of these; the first look, and the 5th row, second look–just wonderful to my eyes. So much layering, though, that some models looked as though they ran from their burning home still covered with the linens and blankets they were sleeping in. Love the gold and blue hues, but not so fond of the cobalt/gray pieces, which I bet are supposed to seem free-and-easy, but look simply dull to me. 

  • Judy_S

    This makes me think of Fabio’s final collection. I liked Fabio’s looks and general idea, but his show lacked the variety and tone of this one.

  • Tatiana Luján


  • guest2visits

    Looks like very expensive workout gear to me.  Couture grunge?  
    But it’s a nice soft color palette, I like greys, tans, and soft blues.

  • AuntieAnonny

    We’re going to be voting that third dress in the first row OUT sometime in the next 12 months. This doesn’t really do anything for me, shoes are great though.

  • ‘TheEnglish Patient’ fabulousness. Adored it.

  • PastryGoddess

    Love the blue and white sweater for him and her

    The outerwear is fabulous. esp that little black jacket

    I’m also loving the overly complicated blue pants as well.  I can’t do shiny pants

  • PhillipWilde

    I hate the caps, love the sweaters.

  • libraangel

    Lovely colors

  • Meh. It’s a very distinct aesthetic that does absolutely nothing for me. 

  • In_Stitches

    Some of it looks like lingerie for the self-conscious gal, but some of it is drop dead gorgeous. 

  • kimmeister

    I’m kind of digging those men’s slate blue loafers.