Summary: Following in the fashion forward footsteps of her Japanese bag line Seven, handbag collaboration with Samantha Thavasa, and lesser-known couture brand Beverly Hills, hotel heiress Nicky Hilton hoped to prove she could play with the big boys by showcasing her first high-end collection at NY Fashion Week. Unfortunately, many rough and tumble East Coasters will be probably not be sporting the candy-coated West Coast-style label. Yes, there were cute embroidered capelets bandeau bikinis, silver beaded short shorts, and even a signature Nicholai stamp. But while the occasional beehive hairdo, chain belt or metallic trench proved statement-y, the rest of the label was too young, too few (only 30 looks!) and too commercial for the likes of classic couture. Hilton still has a lot of work to do. She should save her collection for her next Malibu beach party and for big sister Paris Hilton.
In the end, even Paris couldn’t watch Nicky work the crowd—she was too busy (as father Rick put it working—AHEM—PARTYING in Vegas at the VMAs. Perhaps she should have worn one of Nicky’s numbers to the big event?
Celeb Disappointment: Only a few made appearances. Russell Simmons, Brandon Davis, Rick & Kathy Hilton, Nicky’s beau
David Katzenberg, Jenna Jameson, Bijou Phillips (backstage.) Paris
Hiltonwas a no-show! Looks like Brandon Davis didn’t want to be there either—he was spotted texting the entire time!
Color Palette: emerald green, orange, white, topaz, black, silver, fuchsia
Textures & Details: jewel-encrusted, silk, Signature Nicholai jewel print, metallic, crystal-encrusted, cotton, fringe, embroidery, tulle, chain accents
Key Looks: White Milano jersey jacket and pants with black accents; Signature Nicholai black and white jewel print dress with chained neck; Laser-cut tangerine silk dress with fuchsia underlay; Cotton strapless paneled dress wrapped in tulle; emerald jersey dress with chain embroidery; Chain front embroidered Milano jersey jacket over jewel encrusted bandeau bikini; metallic sapphire boar trench with sequined cap; metallic sapphire boar moto jacket with matching shorts