NYC Fashion Week Fall 2011: Nicole Miller

What: Nicole Miller presented her Fall 2011 collection at fashion week and we attended.

What They Say: “Angles over curves with a menswear influence,” Miller’s collection featured tuxedo jackets, pant suits and interesting features around the shoulders. Pants, slouchy and slim, were the designers new focal point, with accents such as quadrilaterals and triangles printed in unexpected surfaces. Other elements to note: diagonal darting and seaming on metal, velvet, athletic jersey and distressed twill. Miller’s collection was dark, set on a gray scale that was heavy on black, but featured pops of persimmon and cerulean blue.

What we say: Nicole Miller put together a sleek Fall 2011 show, presenting a collection which fused together geometric shapes, metallics and sharp tailoring. A little bit futuristic, a little bit sexy, Miller straddled the line between showing hints of skin to covering up using layers cinched together with belts. Working with a palette of mostly black, dusty grey and blue, she added interest by throwing in leather inserts, shiny fabrics and touches of deep red.

We liked the sheath dresses and wide leg trousers, and a few of the chic jackets caught our eye. We didn’t like, well, just about everything else. Miller’s vests were unflattering and essentially unwearable, and we were perplexed by her choice to layer slacks under dresses. Moreover, we missed the gorgeous semi-formal confections we’ve come to love the designer for. While we admire her new direction, we wish we’d seen a little more woman, and a lot less leather.

Photo from New York Mag