Sunday, February 12, 2012

Nicole Miller Fall 2012

When & where: Friday, February 10 at 6 p.m., the Studio, Lincoln Center
Runway recap: I've often commented on the loftiness of designers' show notes, but Nicole Miller, thankfully, tends to be a bit more literal. This season, she was "intrigued by what new surfaces I can print on," in reference to the digital prints she's been using the last few seasons. After her jaunt through the '80s last season, I was expecting a return to modern times for Miller, so I was a bit surprised when very retro Sgt. Pepper-style looks started coming down the runway—peasant blouses, velvet frock coats, corduroy bell-bottoms, patchwork suede, the whole nine yards. The prints were indeed great, and they probably kept the collection from becoming too overtly retro, however it felt like Miller was a season or two late in jumping on the '70s bandwagon. That said, there were a lot of great pieces, especially a series of flocked black maxi dresses toward the end, and some strong-shouldered jackets.

Bonus points: The music for this show could have been obvious—think late '60s-early '70s psychedelic rock—but thankfully Miller stuck with a slightly more modern choice: "Encore" by Jay-Z.

Where to buy: Click here to find a store.

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