It’s fitting that fashion designer (and LLNYC cover star) Nicole Miller showed her Spring 2016 collection at New York Fashion Week on September 11th, because the show seemed designed to pay homage to our beautiful, resilient and very gritty city.
The collection features a mixture of clothes that scream urban elegance, and would make any woman look like a real OG. For example: black and white graphic poster-type prints; track suit-inspired pants with racing strips down the sides that were anything but made for running; and brick-patterned column dresses seemingly inspired by our city’s buildings.
In our recent cover story featuring the 30-year design veteran, “Nicole Miller’s New Pattern,” Miller explained that she was inspired by the streets of New York.
“We wanted to capture the hardcore vibe of the street. We were inspired by things like manhole covers, metal grates and cobblestone streets. We turned those images into monochromatic patterns, and it looks really great.”
The designer continued, “The funny thing is that we always sell pretty, and we wanted ‘street’ to be pretty, so we put flowers on everything.”
And pretty they were!
Here are the five standouts of the show:
1. The show opener was a young boy breakdancing down the runway. It was reminiscent of the dancers on every cardboard-covered street corner in the 1980s.
2. The models’ nail game was tight. Miller’s Global Color Ambassador Katie Jane Hughes got extra creative with paint-splattered nails that were totally on-point with the show’s theme. Another special touch was the high-heeled sneakers most models stomped down the runway in, a nod to the show’s theme of Urban Elegance.
3. Bright street-inspired prints reminiscent of the city in the 1980s.
4. Dresses with LOTS of geometric detail
5. Track pant-inspired, side racing strip trousers