After a few seasons presenting her capsule collections of ready-to-wear by appointment, Wendy Nichol
staged her first-ever fashion show today. And she didn't pull any punches: Nichol has always had a taste for the occult, and this time out, she fully engaged it, mashing up Victorian Gothic silhouettes and a new-age, Wiccan vibe for a collection loosely themed around the signs of the zodiac. The look was very, very specific—though it ought to be noted that, styled differently, many of Nichol's simpler pieces, like her bustier underpinnings, leather vests, or bias-cut slipdresses could translate into many women's wardrobes. That wasn't the point, though. The woman who is looking for items such as a fitted, ribboned silk jacket with a blouse sewn into it, vintage-style, or a floor-length tulle skirt with just the suggestion of a bustle, is going to be over the moon that Nichol is producing them. Even skeptics ought to take a second look at Nichol's work: Her construction is simply extraordinary. The details she finessed for the looks in this show are virtually uncountable, and Nichol didn't stint on material, either. It's very much to her credit that the result only looks like magic.