She’s best known for Nikki Rich, the rock-’n’-roll-infused women’s line she designs with Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora, but Nikki Lund kicked things up a notch with the debut of a new, elevated collection for women and men. For the ladies, she showed skill-mixing materials and textures such as metallic tweed, color-blocked suede, pleated chiffon and tasseled Navajo-style knits to create a California-style day-to-night wardrobe. Looks included chic, cropped jackets paired with skinny pants, body-conscious dresses and diaphanous skirts. While the show would have benefited from a tighter edit, Lund couldn’t resist throwing in a few hand-painted floral leather pieces and an ultrathin leather gown tooled in a lace pattern.
Jackets were Lund’s main focus for men. They ranged from distressed leather to textured wool and many were created for Sambora and musicians Steven Tyler and Brad Paisley to wear on tour. The lineup was rounded out with woven shirts and striped sweaters, surprisingly low-key fare considering her clientele, but as Lund noted, “I learned from working with Robert Plant and Blake Shelton to keep it simple. Men like to look clean.”