If one is attending their first ever New York Fashion Week, then chances are pretty high that Nicole Miller is on your schedule. This is perpetually one of those shows where I’m not sure whether people go to see the fashion or to be seen themselves. Among those notably in attendance were former supermodel Carol Alt, Rachael Harris, Amy Acker, Daisy Fuentes, Carrie Preston, Valorie Curry, former Miss USA Olivia Culp, and both Dina and Ali Lohan. How do we know this? Are you kidding? They wouldn’t let themselves be missed! Dina Lohan went so far as to stand in the middle of the runway (pre-show, thankfully) with her arms out-stretched and turning in circles as though possessed by the ghost of a not-yet-dead Marlo Thomas.
Have we adequately set the tone for this show yet? Oh, wait, I would be remiss if I failed to mention the blue and white abstract backdrop against which models walked. No, there’s nothing wrong with the backdrop, but I found it an appropriate representation of just how scattered and mind boggling the fashion is.
Nicole Miller is a mainstay among the dewy-fresh Hollywood starlets and its fading has-beens because the styles are unquestionably attention getting. When one wants to stand out in a crowd, this is what you want in your wardrobe. Skirts are super short. Prints, and there are a lot of them, are loud and busy. Silhouettes are slim and body hugging. Wearing one of these outfits is definitely the kind of thing that gets one noticed quickly.
Not that there aren’t legitimately some things to like about this collection. If one is a fan of plaids, then you likely love over half the pieces coming down the runway. This line is heavy with plaids, many of which are in non-standard hues of brown and orange. There is also plenty of fur and a lot of leather for the person wishing to express a bit of their inner bad-girl. Of these, one particular dress of embroidered leather really stood out, perhaps because it reminded me greatly of Anne Hathaway’s catwoman costume. Meow.
Finishing up the show was a set of pieces heavily covered in peacock feathers. Yes, peacock feathers. You remember back when those were popular, what, seven or eight years ago? This is certainly not the best treatment they’ve ever received, but hey, any one of those looks will definitely get plenty of attention.
I fully expect several of these looks to be toned down severely before they hit department stores this fall. One of the reasons the Nicole Miller brand is so popular is because what actually hits the shelves is immensely wearable, attractive, and comfortable. These pieces have that potential, just not necessarily in their current incarnation.
Oh, Joe Jonas was there, too. I wonder if he was eyeing that black leather dress …