Nicholas K Fall 2013 Collection

Posted on February 08, 2013


For this collection, siblings Nicholas and Christopher Kunz took their inspiration from 19th and early 20th Century Arctic explorers, offering up a heavily layered, highly styled series of looks to evoke both the region and the people who attempted to conquer it. Creamy whites and beiges give way to blacks and muted colors; ice, sky (both day and night), minimal vegetation and rocks – it’s all here. As always with a Nicholas K show, you have to mentally break down each look into its components in order to see what it is you’re looking at. Once you get past all the layering, you’re left with a range of garments, from highly wearable to highly unusual. Like always, it’s never a boring show.




[Photo Credit: Randy Brooke]

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  • cowper

    Yoga punk. I like it!

  • save_the_hobbit

    Is some of that velvet? Hard to tell from the pictures but if it is, it looks gorgeous! Love the whole collection, those sweaters are beautiful!

  • charlotte

    They look like extras in a sci fi movie set in the middle ages.

    • VioletFem

      I was thinking they look more like characters out of a sci-fi film set in the future.

      • Definitely a Mad Max vibe to the collection.

    • barbarienne

      I thought “Mad Max elves.”

      I love this whole collection.

  • anotherkate

    I want those leather-paneled leggings. And almost every sweater.

  • StellaZafella

    Jay McCarrol’s PR Runway show from 12 season’s ago seen through a B&W filter.

    I liked his better and there was some color, these all look like they’re in a white out storm to me.

    • Annabelle Archer

      There is a lot of Jay in here, isn’t there?  Nice call. 

  • Tom Crean has never been so chic!

  • gabbilevy

    I’m sure there’s a real market for this stuff, but I ain’t it.

  • Pennymac

    I like most of this, with the exception of picture #9, which I lovingly entitle “Dress of Mold”

  • I like the menswear looks the most.  Thanks, TLo, for your explanation of how to think and process these talented designers.  I hope you’ll do that on all the Collections you post, for those of us who need the tutoring.

  • Lichen colors as inspiration – and I mean that in a good way.

  • MilaXX

    Interesting collection. I like everything except Kurt from Glee’s poncho sweater.

  • tereliz

    Reminds me of Max Max. Very post-apocalyptic chic! Love the leather accents.

    • imspinningaround

      Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome was my first thought too.  I do like the leather leggings. 

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Good lord, they release this collection AFTER the new Mad Max wrapped filming?

  • AceOn6

    Depressed homeless folks after an all nighter in the Goodwill donation bin.

  • Annabelle Archer

    This is Fashion I can incorporate into my life.  Great sweaters and interesting without being cracktackular pieces, in earth tones. That’s how I roll. 

  • I love the inspiration – though to really evoke the polar explorers they could have blackened the models’ cheeks and noses to suggest frostbite. (No? Oh, well.) Definitely the perfect show for the current weather situation!


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  • Deedles

    So tired of asymmetrical hemlines…

  • How Depressing.

  • Monday1900

    “For this collection, siblings Nicholas and Christopher Kunz took their inspiration from 19th and early 20th Century Arctic explorers…”  As you do! 

    Not a single thing here I like or would wear.

  • Jangle57

    Holy crap, what a bunch of crap.  I put them firmly in the Emperor’s New Clothes category: a lot people making fuss about a lot of nothing.

  • I think Tilda Swinton could rock this entire collection. Both women’s and men’s pieces.

  • Io Vee

    It’s like they’re too poor to afford colors.

    Ps. The last six-way image posted is the same as the first. The fact that no one noticed says a lot to me.

  • WhiteOprah

    Big, fat No! to most of the womens’ pants (Leggings excepted).  I like a lot of the sweaters and tops, but I’ve seen a lot of them before and at (What I would assume) is a lot lower price point.  

  • SublimatedRage

    I like the ragged quality of these looks and I love the color palate.  However, I don’t think hooded capelets/demi-ponchos will ever be a “thing” for men…..

  • Could not scroll fast enough through that crap.

  • looks like I’m the only person who doesn’t hate this collection. It’s the type of color pallet I gravitate towards, though I’d like to see designers move past the layered drapey look

    • editrixie

      Me too. I actually love most of it, and if I could fit into it, I would buy some of it.

  • another_laura

    I really like looking at these.  I get a bad reaction to drop-crotch pants in general, but the layering of pieces and sweaters are really fun!  Does Nicholas K care whether I, a mere BK, would or could wear any of it?  Hell no.  And really, it’s not the point, is it?

  • conniemd

    I have a hard time with the sweaters cut halfway off. What would be the point of that?

    • editrixie

      I’m fairly certain that most of them would be full sweaters once they’re translated to the real world. I think it’s more about a kind of feeling here than practicality.

  • I always love these designers’ pretentious “inspirations”.  “Early 19th & 20th century Arctic explorers”?  Really?  Seems to be more avant garde than Amundsen.  Arctic exploration during that time involved a lot of frostbite and death.  These clothes seem to lend themselves to at least the former.

  • oohsparkley!

    This is depressing and boring to me. But I’m fine with other people wearing it.

  • Zippypie

    I’m definitely liking the menswear better.  The shapes of the layered pieces, the coordination between them, seems to work.  The women’s looks – some are okay, but the shiny fabrics and the dropped crotches and the assymetrical hemlines – not doing it for me.  Also wish the tie dye would vanish and there was more plaid.

  • How exhausting is it to dress in that many layers. Just imagining getting in and out of some of those ensembles makes me positively weak.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    It’s all very “Homeless Thunderdome”, that’s all that comes to my mind!

  • Anniebet

    To quote some elderly song lyrics:
     “I don’t know why I love you like I do I don’t know why, I just do I don’t know why you thrill me like you do I don’t know why, you just do”

    This collection makes me want to hug a polar bear. Love it. Couldn’t wear it, but I love it.

  • CatherineRhodes

    That is the ugliest collection I have ever seen. Inspiration from Arctic explorers — WTF?

  • DesertDweller79

    I like the menswear looks much better than the women’s stuff.  

  • WittyCism

    It’ll be interesting to see what the looks will have evolved to when it trickles from high fashion down to the MNG and Zara that’s accessible to mortal women.

  • guest2visits

    Organic, woodsy, mossy. I like some of the coats, pants, tops.. nice. However; much is overly layered or too deconstructed for me.

  • I’ll be honest.  Neutrals kinda bore me.  Sloppy OTOH annoys the crap out of me.  I don’t care for this collection, at all.

  • barbarienne

    I love this entire collection.

    I particularly love the leftmost pics in rows 5 and 6.