Nicole Miller – Pre Spring/Summer 2016 Ready-To-Wear
The irony of the Resort collections, of course, is that they drop in stores in the dead of winter. “Nobody goes away in January, but you’re thinking about the tropics,” Nicole Miller reasoned on a recent afternoon. To that end, her look this season was tropically inspired city clothes—things that work when there’s no beach in sight, but sand and surf are very much on the mind.
That meant two-tiered jackets and blouses in black or blue for work and off-the-shoulder ruffled dresses—printed with black-and-white bird-of-paradise or zebra stripes—for fun, with plenty of variations mixed in. There were bow-shoulder blouses, knits intarsia-ed with blown-out palm trees, and power-stretch dresses with asymmetrical ruffled hems. Miller had fun with wide-leg, cropped-pant jumpsuits and a cotton-metal-stretch fabric that was printed again with bird-of-paradise onto a wiggle dress. It was a tight collection in that it incorporated the things Miller loves—black, sparkle, nature motifs—without going too deep down an inspiration wormhole.