NIKICIO BLACK LABEL
"She is a woman who knows who she is and how she has gotten here"
NIKICIO BLACK LABEL is created for mature, refined women, who has gained experiences and insights because she has aged well. She is a person that you would look up to, someone you would like to be - an aspiration. She’s no longer look for who she is as a person, she understands life completely, she has become the woman she is - her identity is solid and unshaken. She is full of life, but yet still and composed. NIKICIO BLACK LABEL creates minimal, straight forward, and functional clothes made from imported fabrics. Sewn by the skilful few of Indonesian tailors, the clothes thrives on its quality. Each piece is finished by couture finishing, hand-sewn, and thoughtfully made.
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We stand with woman who dares to flaunt her carelessness and the fact that she knows herself like the back of her hand and barely listens to the society and its endless prejudice. She is refined and mature woman; full of life yet still and composed.
Nikicio Black Label Spring/Summer 2018 is meant to embrace and compliment characters of each woman and let the woman wear our pieces; not the other way around. The collection has a lot of symbols to represent qualities of woman; from her unfinished journey, femininity, to versatility with her solid austerity; the things that matters to us most; as a woman that is personally lived by Nina Nikicio who was transforming from a single lady who lived by the edge to a mother of two. The idea of being domesticated never sounds this relieving.
The clothes are created for woman who is comfortable in her own skin as she accepts herself through years of experience because as she ages, the more layers of personality that she sheds.
Mostly created with transparent and organza fabrics that represent the sheer layer of personality that has been shed through the years, the collection is highlighted by environmental-improving fabrics such as Tencel that is regenerated from wood cellulose, but unlike rayon that cause air pollution and water emission to produce, Tencel is produced from a closed-loop process that are recycled with a recovery rate of 99.5%. Beside its qualities to create better environment, Tencel fabric is known to be comfortable to wear because its unique moisture absorption ability, which in turns makes it breathable, softer and less prone to wrinkles.
We create well-thought and adjustable designs with plenty unexpected styling and twisted finishing because we never want to out-do you in our clothing – in any clothing because at the end of the day we would like to create a wardrobe that will work or us now, later and beyond. It’s one part of process to write stories together that worth reminiscing even when we are all turning 50.
Photographer: Thomas Sito
Creative Direction: Marshella Jastine
Make Up & Hair Do: Ananda Christie
Models: Athika from Wynn Models and Kyla Callista
Jakarta, 1 June 2017
Creative Direction: Karin Wijaya
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Photographer: Leandro Quintero
Talent: Daisy Torar
Location: Studio Air Putih
SPRING SUMMER 2017
Jakarta, 22 February 2017
For Spring Summer 2017, NIKICIO BLACK LABEL focuses on loungewear-inspired pieces in the label’s signature monochromatic tones. With NIKICIO BLACK LABEL, Creative Director Nina Nikicio taps into the essence of everyday effortless dressing enhanced by the use of environmentally conscious fabrics. BLACK LABEL epitomizes the image of a self-actualized, accomplished woman with a strong sense of self. Her steps are thoughtful, measured and independent of social acceptance.
This season’s loose, oversized silhouettes reflect this relaxed, self-assured attitude. Classic pieces such as long-sleeve shirts and pull-up pants are reworked to add a fresh feel while retaining their versatility. Sleek knit pieces hug the body to deliver comfort and reveal the right dose of femininity. Pragmatic, yet stylish, NIKICIO BLACK LABEL also aims to address the issue of sustainability that has become increasingly relevant within the fashion industry.
Inspired by palm trees, this season’s print touches upon the issue of deforestation, particularly in Borneo and Kalimantan. Indonesia makes up 85% of global palm oil production. In 2015 alone, over 4 million hectares of land was cleared for palm oil plantations.
The use of Lyocell as an alternative to Cotton, Powder Skin to Silk, and Peslin to Linen demonstrates our attempt to strike a balance between style and sustainability. Less water and chemicals are used in producing Lyocell fibres. Both Powder Skin and Peslin are made from Polyester fiber, but in the long run, both fabrics fare better in terms of product sustainability. Both silk and linen are typically high maintenance because they require dry cleaning, which uses a lot of chemicals. Both fabrics are also vulnerable to stains and clothes moths. As alternatives, Peslin & Powder Skin are generally more low maintenance and washing machine safe.
Other than the fabrics, the clothes are designed to stand the test of time. They are made to be seasonless and easy-care. NIKICIO BLACK LABEL offers styles made for women - from a woman who is trying to balance her career, her kids, and her personal life.
Creative Direction & Photography: Narya Abhimata
Hair & Make Up Artist: Christina Martha
Model: Aleksandra Kosasie - IVY Models
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FALL WINTER 2016/17
Jakarta, 14 October 2016
Ratna Riri Irina is the Editor In Chief of FIMELA Network, an online media platform dedicated to Indonesian women. She is also a mother of one.
"I am a big fan of NIKICIO - the brand is an epitome of modern fashion in Indonesia. If you are a true #nikiciocult member, you should know that one can wear NIKICIO in many ways regardless who you are, whether your style is feminine or tomboy like me, you can weave NIKICIO into your wardrobe seamlessly. The clothes will become your everyday staple and maybe the only item(s) you will wear from time to time.
I am a big fan of Nina as well. She is someone that I aspire to, mainly because of her personal style. But when I got the chance to know her more, her personality also wins me - she's very nice, smart, humble, with vast fashion knowledge. We also have the same tattoo on our hand with the exact same words - that must've meant something.
Back in 2015 when FIMELA.com created a Batik themed fashion show, Nina was one of the first designer that came to mind. Unfortunately, Indonesian traditional fabric was avoided by Nina. As a designer, fabric is a medium for an artist to express her thoughts and Batik was simply not her choice.
Recently, FIMELA.com celebrated its anniversary with traditional Indonesian fabric as a main theme. I just had to ask Nina again. Good thing comes to those who wait - she agreed to be part of the show with conditions: that we have to find fabrics that matched NIKICIO aesthetic and they have to be available in certain amount so she could produce it for NIKICIO Fall Winter 2016 Collection. The last condition was a challenge, considering traditional Indonesian fabrics are mostly handmade and made by artisans.
So we went for a hunt and offered Nina several types of Batik and many kinds of Tenun, but she won't budge. After a lot of rejections, we finally found a fabric that Nina agreed to: Lurik from Jogjakarta - artisanal, conventional, versatile, and most importantly, can be mass produced.
Everything ran smoothly after. When Nina showed me the sketches, I knew that this collection would be one of my personal favourite. The silhouette is slouchy, infused with menswear tailoring that Nina has always known for. She wanted to make Lurik became a staple fabric in everyone's wardrobe, just like it was before, so she made essential clothes: roomy coats, cleverly detailed tops, slack pants, robe dress - all glorified in Lurik signature stripes. She also wittily autographed the pieces with NIKICIOCULT signature, giving a slight streetwear feel in the collection. Plain Lurik fabrics in black and white are also used to compliment the collection, because what's NIKICIO without Nina's favourite colours? I might sound biased, but I love everything.
I can't express how proud I am to be a part of NIKICIO's journey. I hope that the collaboration between FIMELA.com and NIKICIO will inspire others that Indonesian fabric can be translated into modern fashion, regardless of who you are, just like I always have."
This collection was first shown at Festival Fashion Kain Indonesia by FIMELA.COM. Click to view the article.
Fall Winter 2016/17 Lookbook
Creative Direction & Photographer: Narya Abhimata
Hair & Make Up Artist: Shirleen Trianasari
Model: Devita - Wynn Models