Nicholas Kuntz is one of those designers who does not just design clothes, she takes it that one step further and defines a lifestyle.
Her fall winter 11-12 collection evokes an urban utility way of life and really centers around wearing pieces that one needs, but being super-cool, and fashion about it.
The strengths definitely lie in the fantastic outerwear and knits. That said she also seems to have a very good eye for color, using blacks, charcoal grey, and a creamy off-white which she balanced out with beautiful subtle tones of green, an occasional bright shot of rust, and rich shades of ginger.
She showed some fantastic plaids, which provided punchy accents over and under the various layers she artfully piled on the male and female models.
There were also some interesting plays on texture with the mongolian fur over shiny leathers, patch accents, soft velvet, luscious cable knit, and transparencies peeking through ruffled skirts.
The attention to detail, from the carefully placed patches, to the rows of contrast- stitched button holes, the double zippers, to name just a few of the most obvious, indicates that Nicholas is also a technician, and possibly a perfectionist.
These are clothes that also look like they are built to last and become the wearers’ favorites, items that are timeless and can be enjoyed, whether walking through the wind whipped streets on a cold winter’s day in NYC, or wrapped up and cozy by the fire of a country home.