Object Lesson: Something Wild

A safari through the urban wilds calls for a rugged but refined ensemble--something that stands up to the grit of the streets but can still sit pretty on a SoHo settee. The Nicholas K spring collection rises to the challenge with a bevy of sportive and detailed separates, ready to brave the concrete jungle with the most intrepid explorers. Fulsome layers, illuminated earth tones, heavy hardware, and slightly stiff collars give a look of shrugged-off elegance that allows you to do
nothing more than throw a piece on and go all day and all night. And the Ryan dress could just be the most fearless and functional of the pack.
Made from 100% cotton, this smart shirt-dress fits loosely and attracts with a mysterious and impervious sheen. Available in citrine (pictured) and beige, the Ryan gains authority with double-layering and sturdy snaps that outline the top layer along with practical, below-the-waist pocketing. Roll-up sleeves stay out of the way with a snapped strap, and the generous, convertible collar changes directions as you like. With predators, pitfalls, and unforeseen perils lurking around every corner, it's nice to be armed with a tough little dress that can stand up to the extremes, and look good doing it.
The Ryan dress by Nicholas K is available in beige ($245) at Jumelle, 148 Bedford Avenue between (between North 8th and 9th streets), Brooklyn; 718-388-9525. For more information go to www.nicholask.com
The Ryan dress cuts a cool path through the concrete jungle.