The Fall 2011 Nicholas K collection was the perfect way to start the fall shows. Designer Nicholas Kunz really played with textures this season. A leather jacket came teamed with matching leather trousers styled with a a fur stole. Feminine printed silk tops and dresses came styled under jersey knitwear and crochet dresses appeared alongside the brand's signature parka jackets, but this time in shades of grey.
While the collection began with greys and blacks, towards the end Kunz played with a desert palette on heavy outerwear and a two-tiered fringed top came in gold and introduced a twenties flapper feeling to the otherwise Western-inspired collection.
Kimberly Ovitz is one designer from New York whose collections I always look forward to see. Despite establishing her brand only three years ago, Ovitz has quickly established a strong brand DNA. While this can often become an Achilles heel for young brands, Ovitz has managed to stay true to the signature pieces that her customers love her for whilst introducing enough new elements each season to keep them satisfied.
Models came down in the runway to Nancy Sinatra's 'Bang Bang' in the black-heavy colour palette that Ovitz is known for on looks like a leather jacket styled over sheer asymmetric blouse and black textured skinny jeans. The loose clean silhouettes were the same as usual on maxi dresses and sheer tops but this season the designer introduced some fitted styles like a black bandage mini dress with sheer sleeves. The strength of the collection was definitely in the details, particularly the use of human hair fringing that came on thick belts over maxi dresses and along the sleeves of outerwear.