Nicholas K Fall 2013: A Lesson in Layering

When the temperature starts to drop, everyone’s gut instinct tells them it’s time to start piling it on. Nicholas and Christopher Kunz just want to make sure you look exceptionally well put-together when doing so.
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When the temperature starts to drop, everyone’s gut instinct tells them it’s time to start piling it on. Nicholas and Christopher Kunz just want to make sure you look exceptionally well put-together when doing so.
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When the temperature starts to drop, everyone’s gut instinct tells them it’s time to start piling it on. Nicholas and Christopher Kunz just want to make sure you look exceptionally well put-together when doing so.

The duo drew inspiration from intrepid Arctic explorations during the late 19th century, so we were treated to an impeccably styled masterful lesson in layering (all while the label stayed true to their usual slouchy urban aesthetic, of course).

Fashioned from luxe knits, slick leathers, buttery jerseys and sumptuous silks in a neutral palette of cream, beige, olive, army, taupe, slate and black, this season’s collection was given a rather functional twist—think shortened harem pants worn under billowy blouses with slanted architectural necklines topped off with cropped hooded knit capes. Or oversize parkas worn over heavily draped mid-length frocks paired with semi-fitted leggings. And as expected, the varied hemlines remained in sync and were sublimely streamlined—which obviously is the key to perfecting the layered look.

As for accessories, clear utilitarian goggles sat atop all of the model’s foreheads like headbands, but it was the platform wedges molded to look like socks-with-sandals that caught everyone’s eye.

A touch of laid-back sex appeal was added to a few of our favorite looks in the form of sheer paneling. Not that it’s even remotely practical for an Arctic excursion when it’s beyond chilly out, but it certainly would make life in the great (albeit freezing) outdoors infinitely more interesting, now wouldn’t it?

Photos: IMAXtree