Remember my post about slow journalism and why it’s important for fashion writers? I didn’t want to go too much into examples, but the show which inspired me to write that post was Nicholas K’s. I was amazed how all the journalists were talking about the steampunk influence in the collection, when all I could think about was grunge meets hip-hop?
Looking at dark, bold lip makeup and a porcelain skin of the models, I was thinking about my childhood when all the kids were into Nirvana or Wu Tang Clan. Trying to look different to their fellows, Russian teenagers were combining dark lipsticks with saggy beltless jeans and leather accessories. The biggest thing at that time was a ‘gangsta’ bandana that was a rare bird in the post-Soviet world. I was happy to see a reference to this accessory that I was obsessed with earlier in my life.
Attending Nicholas K’s show, I expected some sort of reference to warriors that is so specific for the brand. I was luckily surprised that a design siblings Nicholas and Christopher Kunz were talking about the street fighters. Draped, asymmetrical silhouettes that speak to the brand’s aesthetic were combined in the collection with leather accessories: bandanas, opera-length gloves, and cross body pocket books.