Tough times call for tough clothes. Nicole Miller was one of a series of designers who, in the early going of New York Fashion Week, has shown her harder edge.
Miller’s fall collection was rooted in black, but flashes – or in some cases, slashes – of metallics, purple, red and cobalt blue kept the look from being basic.
A complementary emerging trend on Miller’s and other runways under the tents at Bryant Park at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is a spage-age look, that actually looks a little more ’60s retro than futuristic.
Miller did this look best with a crisp, oragami-fold blouse with a skinny black pant and black down vest with an oversized collar, and a black wool and organza vest with an in-your-face shoulder flange worn over a slim black stretch dress.
A formfitting, charcoal-blue wool dress with a cowl neck was a simple and more streamlined silhouette but also channeled that out-of-this-world vibe.
The metallics proved a strong suit, especially Miller’s use of a lacquered slinky viscose fabric. Gunmetal-colored sequins jazzed up a skirt worn with a gray techno-stretch vest.
Miller also wasn’t shy to use patent leather, which made an eye-catching statement on the catwalk, but it’s hard to believe that this is the same designer that just a few seasons ago stood out for her lovely scarf print dresses. Times have changed.