Nicholas K’s Spring/ Summer 2017 Runway Show Took Us To Wadi Rum
Dubbed ‘urban nomadic’, Nicholas K’s style has developed into a sort of slightly more futuristic look throughout the years, reaching its peak with the Nicholas K spring/summer 2017 collection just unveiled at New York Fashion Week. The Nicholas K spring 2017 collection takes us on a journey through the heart of the desert of Wadi Rum in southern Jordan, mixing its wide-open sandy hills and tribal motifs with New York’s more dynamic scenes and subcultural urban tribes.
When creating their Nicholas K spring/summer 2017 collection, designers Nicholas and Christopher Kunz focused on a 2014 movie directed by Naji Abu Nowar, ‘Theeb’, the protagonist of which, a young Bedouin boy named Theeb must survive in the desert, while the rest of the world is busy fighting World War I.
The Nicholas K spring/summer 2017 line-up introduces us to a sort of nomadic urban warrior, who ends up discovering her place in the world one step at a time like Theeb. Introspective and intimate, Theeb’s journey becomes our journey, as much as Nicholas K’s eco-conscious journey through fashion becomes ours.
Members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Nicholas and Christopher Kunz never miss a chance to advocate sustainability and local craftsmanship, with this specific spring 2017 collection having been realized in India with organic fabrics such as cotton, linen and vegetable-dyed leathers. Besides doing almost no harm to our environment, such fabrics helped the Bedouin theme blossom, with the collection’s sun-soaked and dust colors singing in unison with with the thickness and raw textures of the materials.
Aside from a few metallic pieces, namely a structured coat and a pair of Capri shorts, which sort of look like a solitary oasis, the collection is all about beiges, nudes, military greens and warm browns, with only a few patterns and rich black proposals catapulting us back to the big city life.
While the first part of the collection focuses on airy, relaxed lines, voluminous cuts and oversized figures, the second part sensually wraps the body with thicker textures and billowy necklines.
Bedouin inspirations get alternated with colonial motifs, the hats, flowing cardigans, and safari jackets of which inevitably remind us of Theeb’s culture. A similar duality is to be found in the darker, most mysterious part of the collection, namely the one that mixes the New Yorker sub-urban side of the city with Wadi Rum’s darkest nights. Here Nicholas and Christopher transposed Wadi Rum’s second name, the Valley of the Moon, to its fashion equivalent, translating the desert’s ephemeral quiet nights to sleek leathery effects and strong, feminine crop-tops.
As for this collection’s must-haves, we bet Nicholas K’s desert-approved cocoon mini dresses and harem pants will be everywhere starting from March 2017.
Photos courtesy of Vogue