5 hours ago | By Nigel Taylor
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New York: Military inspirations were the presiding message at the Nicholas K S/S 2011 show. Army items, like utility outerwear, bomber jackets, tilted berets, and combat boots were styled with draped summer knitwear and wispy white frocks. The resulting looks felt tough yet serene, relaxed yet sophisticated. While army looks aren’t exactly groundbreaking these days, the new offerings from Nicholas and Christopher Kunz, the sister and brother duo behind the label, were tastefully executed. Design details felt authentic, and the pieces were understated enough to err on the side of classic, rather than trendy. Meanwhile, simple smart updates, like removing the sleeves from a trench, moved items forward. The hip downtown aesthetic that is associated with the label came via styling. Masculine-feminine juxtapositions and the crossing of structure with fluidity made for ensembles that exuded cool confidence. Disassemble each look and one is left with items that are strong on their own – a smart design strategy and perhaps the reason behind the label’s strong and expanding retail presence.
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