Nicholas K creates clothing for the 21st-century urban nomad. So it makes sense that their Spring/Summer 2016 collection, titled “Terminal Velocity” consists primarily of flowing nylon jumpsuits, knickers, maxi dresses and wraps for characters in the inevitable Mad Max Meets Hunger Games film set in post-apocalypse New York. Giant ropes slung around the models’ necks and accented with outsized carabiner clips might seem impractical, until you find yourself needing to scale the side of the Chrysler building to escape a resource-hoarding villain with an English accent and a tricked-out tank. Cocoon hoods were a cool offset to Ewok sandals. Certain of the ensembles radiated a distinct Maasai warrior vibe, and pretty much nothing could be cooler than a Maasai warrior, so well played there, Nicky K. Copious fabrics of cream, khaki, black, grey, saffron, burnt umber, and cornflower evoked the colours of the city. And brassy arm guards completing many of the looks signaled that the designers understand that only a dystopian future can lie ahead for a society in which Katniss has become one of the most popular baby names for girls. Overall, this collection didn’t win my heart, exactly, but I could see maybe having a one-night stand with it if I’d had three cocktails and were feeling sexy enough.
VERDICT: Sophisticated, edgy fuck with a semi-terrible soundtrack.