fall collections, new york: nicole miller

by Jeremy Danté

bold blues, stoned greys & black looks filled the FW11 nicole miller runway show. as cameos of red entered the collection palette, progressive construction was seen in the use of metallic, suede & leather. while much more fashion forward concepts were seen within this collection, in comparison to seasons past; i did not agree with the use of print. the use of print seen within the collection made the concepts feel dated & in a sense, forcefully innovative; the collection could’ve been much more powerful through simplicity had that aspect been removed. models ajak deng, tao okamoto, siri tollerod & rose cordero were seen in this season’s cast as alana zimmer both closed & opened the show. i’ve had my eye on the nicole miller since being blown away by the label’s pre-fall collection & admire many moves the label has made in an effort to become more modernized in this new digital age of fashion. their FW11 show was live streamed from new york & the label has created a successful twitter account, as well as a tumblr account & facebook fan page- which allows the brand to become more involved with consumers. in my attraction to the labels pre-fall collection, little use of print was seen & my attraction was more greatly concentrated on the simplicity of the seen concepts. within this collection, a further development of similar concepts that are much more structured is recognized. overall, the collection is one of strong direction, with few questionable choices. created in 1994, i recognize the potential that the miller label has to becoming much more progressive & more stunningly, creatively. with what was presented for fall, in this collection- i loved the styling, the use of layers & the collections coats had an inter-galactic feel that drew me in. displayed in some of the collections coats were the same elongated, almost exaggerated silhouettes that i really loved as well. i would like to see greater forms of power through simplicity, as much of the fashion market is preying on the art of minimalism.

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