Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week NY Fall ’11. Nicholas K Goes The Grunge Way, But It’s OK.

February 10, 2011 • New York Fashion Week Fall '11, Yahoo

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Summary: Nicholas K designer Nicholas Kunz is going casual and comfy for Fall '11. Who can blame her? There were men's and womens' clothes but alas we are only going to talk about the women's. Besides I don't know too many men who could confidently pull off velvet cargo pants. Much like her Spring '11 collection (which I adored) fall is going to bring back the cargo pant, but this time with a rugged almost grunge feel. Aside form the women's black velvet cargo pants (which I must own) I was drawn to the color palette which was predominately muted forest colors like greens, rusts and greys. Plaids and knits were layered with chiffon like shirts and draped scarves which was easy casual. The leather and Mongolian lamb fur jackets and parkas were truly covetable.

I wasn't so sold on the skirt shirts with arms that wrapped around and tied in the front, but am sure this was done for effect for the show, at least I hope. That is one look that's a little too grunge for me. Again this season I loved the Vintage Shoe Company leather combat boots on both the men and women. I'm not sure I am sold on the 'flatform' leather boots though which we are staring to see crop up in sandal form for Spring. Who knows? By next fall I may love them.

Color Palette: almond, straw, stone, bark, rust, blood, locri, art, cement, celedon, leaf, forest, pine, birch, evergreen, elm, hunter, harvest, fog heather, slate heather, charcoal, mink, cocoa, mud, black

Fabrics & Textures: cotton, wool, velvet, flannel, leather, Mongolian lamb fur, knit, plaid, forest plaid, mini check

Key Looks: Black avery blazer with black velvet chap pants; velvet eldra dress; elm Dion dress with a locri scarf shrug; blood red plaid enya dress; straw/rust swank jacket with slate heather killian pants; stone carsley sweater with rst plaid tempus shirt and fog heather killian pants; shleton crop grey heather sweater with a charcoal harp skirt.

-Lauren Dimet Waters

Photos: NY Mag

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