Green’s Dictionary of Slang

kick n.1

also kicky
[ety. unknown; ? fig. use of SE kick, with the image of the sharp impact thereof]

1. [late 17C–19C] the current fashion; thus all the kick, the present vogue; high kick, the height of fashion.

2. [mid-19C] a fashionable garment.

3. [1940s+] a fashion, a fad, with comb. adj./noun; thus on a/the ... kick, e.g. on a writing kick, on the religion kick etc.

4. [1950s+] one’s attitude or opinion.

In derivatives

kickish (adj.)

[late 18C] fashionable.