Fashion Week Notebook | Nicole Miller

February 6th, 2006

Nicole Miller

Photo Credit: NY Metro

Key Takeaways: Nicole Miller’s collection, brimming with patterns and colors, is a fine departure from all the blacks and neutrals seen everywhere else. And just when you thought every pattern combination has already been discovered, Miller exposes yet another funky set. And she’s not scared to pair contrasting kinds.

Color Palette:  Are you ready for this? Here we go: army green, maroon, brown, white, teal, purple, red, gold, black, rustic orange, blue, copper, fuchsia, and khaki.

Silhouettes: Button-down loose-fitting dresses, high-necked coats, skin-tight trousers, wide-sleeved cropped jackets, floor-length skirts, and form-fitting evening gowns. 

Accessories Report:  Fur shrugs (one worn as a neck shawl), chunky black necklaces, both short and long leather gloves, skinny leather belts, square and tiny sunglasses, and strappy and simple sandals.

What’s Wearable: The fancy gowns will work for a gala, while knee-length skirts and simple long-sleeved shirts will translate better on the streets. Most of the coats and shrugs are wearable, though not with most of the clashing patterns.

What’s Not Wearable: Many patterned items may be too loud for some, but if paired with a simple coat and minimal accessories, it can work for daring fashionistas.

Entry Filed under: Runway Reviews, Runway Reviews, Trend, Women

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  • 1. Omiru.com: Style for All&hellip  |  February 7th, 2006 at 1:26 am

    [...] We’re only halfway through fashion week, but we thought we’d start recapping some of the big trends we’ve been seeing over and over again: High Waisted Styles: Empire waist styles and high-waisted pants are Huge right now.  Y and Kei, Diane Von Furstenberg, Alice Roi, Doo Ri, United Bamboo. Voluminous Sleeves:  Sometimes it’s just a puff at the shoulder, but we’ve also seen some leg of mutton sleeves out there.Twinkle, Diane Von Furstenberg, Alice Roi, Doo Ri, Three As Four.Bubble Skirts: Cute skirts with gathered fabric at the bottom.  They look nice on models, but not as good on short people like me. Badgley Mischka, Doo Ri, Twinkle, United Bamboo.Vests: I guess that Wall of Vests I saw last weekend at H&M was Right On Trend, not only for Spring but also for Fall. Tomer, Rachel Comey, Twinkle, Diane Von Furstenberg, United Bamboo.Ruffles: Again with the Spring 2006 trends… Doo Ri, Three As Four.Hooded Trenchcoats: The Newest Take on the classic Trench. Lacoste, Three As Four.And for accessories…Long (up to elbow-length!) gloves: You too can look like you’re going to the opera when you’re actually just going to the mall!Lacoste, Nicole Miller, Diane Von Furstenberg, Badgley Mischka, Alice Roi, Doo Ri.Leggings and Tights: Good for layering, but watch what you put over them.  Oh and let’s not do the 1980s again.  Please? Rachel Comey, Twinkle, Yigal Azrouel."Handmade" knitted scarves: As Dino would say, "just like grandma used to make." Tomer, John Bartlett, Twinkle.A few other trends we’re seeing popping up are shearling, tie-neck and tie-waist garments, and sweaterdresses.  Bows, cardigans, bermudas, trenchcoats, cropped styles, and waist emphasis all continue from Spring 2006. [...]

  • 2. Omiru.com: Style for All&hellip  |  February 14th, 2006 at 8:11 am

    [...] February 14th, 2006 For your reading convenience, we’ve split the trends up into categories: Silhouette, Detailing, Garment Classifications, and Accessories.  Enjoy!SILHOUETTEWaist Emphasis: Much like Spring 06, the focal point is on the waist.It’d be easier to list the designers that Didn’t follow this one. High Waisted Styles: Long-waisted women everywhere celebrate with a trip to the mall!Calvin Klein, Zac Posen, Alice RoiPowerful Working Woman: We’re just glad these pieces don’t have the 80s shoulderpads.Carolina Herrera, Zang Toi, Richard ChaiDresses over Long Sleeved Shirts: Reminds us of Marc Jacobs’ Mod collection a few years back.  Anyone else thinking this?Proenza Schouler, WillowVoluminous Sleeves: Good for visual interest, but it can get theatrical.  Aim for small puffs rather than Jerry Seinfeld’s puffy shirt.Carolina Herrera, Diane von Furstenberg, Three As Four3/4 Sleeve Styles: Add 3/4 length styles here, and we’ve got Uber-Cropped jackets.Proenza Schouler, Carolina HerreraDETAILINGOversized Collars: Oversized jacket detailing in its most visible form.Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Willow, Richard ChaiTuxedo Style Detailing: I wonder if this was inspired by March of the Penguins…Monique Lhuillier, Oscar de la Renta, Behnaz SarafpourFur Fur Everywhere: Let’s just say that PETA isn’t going to be happy.Carolina Herrera, Trovata, Chado Ralph Rucci, J MendelJapan, anyone?: Can we say Memoirs of a Geisha?  Let’s just hope anime-style clothing isn’t in the pipeline.J Mendel, James Coviello, Nanette Lepore, BCBGRuffles: There’s just something so innocent and feminine about these ruffles.  Doo Ri, Three As Four, Oscar de La RentaGrecian Draping: So Very Madame Grès.Proenza Schouler, Derek LamSheer over Solids: When done well, it can be great…but if not, it can be a little "Date Night with Barbie."Calvin Klein, Vera Wang, Donna KaranShearling: Somehow we keep thinking of those sheepskin car seat covers.Oscar de la Renta, Lacoste, SweetfacePenchant for Plaid: Reminds us of Trey from Sex and the City…only without the kilts.Trovata, Zang Toi, Behnaz SarafpourChevron Detailing: When you see plaid, you know that chevrons aren’t far behind…Vera Wang, Calvin KleinGARMENT CLASSIFICATIONSCapes and Capelets: Like we said, it’s The Poncho, Part II.Derek Lam, Monique Lhuillier, Narciso Rodriguez, Tuleh, Marc by Marc JacobsBubble Skirts: As long as they don’t invite Bubble Boy comparisons, we’re OK with them.  Short girls beware though, as they’ll throw off your proportions..Doo Ri, Twinkle, United Bamboo, Calvin KleinVests: Time to raid the Wall of Vests at H&M!Tomer, Twinkle, Diane von FurstenbergSweaterdresses: The ultimate in comfort + style.BCBG, Lacoste, Behnaz Sarafpour, Y-3, Michael KorsShort Sleeved Dresses: Maybe skin isn’t in?Oscar de la Renta, Narciso Rodriguez, Carolina HerreraBoatneck Styles: Perfectly elegant and a way to show off a long neck (or make your neck look longer, as it may be).Trovata, Rachel Comey, Carmen Marc ValvoHooded Trenchcoats: Why would you wear a regular trenchcoat when you could get one with a hood? Lacoste, Three As FourToggle Coats: Can’t say how much we LOVE the toggle coat!Cloak, TrovataACCESSORIESSmall and Square Sunglasses: Out with the bug eyes, in with sleek, technochic style.Carolina Herrera, BCBG, Luella Bartley, Proenza SchoulerNerd Glasses for Men: These will go Perfectly with your "Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, All My Base Are Belong to You" T-shirt.Trovata, LacosteLong (up to Elbow-Length) Gloves: This is the Huge accessories trend.Badgley Mischka, Doo Ri, Richard Chai, Nicole MillerShort Gloves: First, it was Marvel vs. Capcom.  Now, it’s Short Glove vs. Long Glove.  We’ll hedge our bets here, but we always like to support the underdog.Derek Lam, Proenza SchoulerHandmade Looking Scarves: Straight from Grandma’s knitting club.Tomer, John Bartlett, TwinkleLong Scarves: Maybe not so functional, but oh-so-chic!Marc by Marc Jacobs, Carmen Marc Valvo, Calvin KleinChain Handles on Bags: The Hottest New Bag Trend.Heatherette, Narciso Rodriguez, Luella Bartley, Derek LamLeggings & Tights: Great for layering.Rachel Comey, Twinkle, Yigal Azrouel, Trovata [...]

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