When I told my mom that I was heading to Nicole Miller before FNO, she said, "I can bring you your little sparkly Nicole Miller dress from eighth grade if you want to wear it."
I kind of did, but I knew it would be perfectly passé at last evening's show. Nicole Miller has evolved from being brand of party dresses to a label representing an army of edgy women. The evolution has been a rocky one, but with SS11 Nicole Miller finally settled into a groove that felt right.
A little bit fairy and little bit S&M, the collection had something for everyone when taken apart. Eniko opened in a white cropped motorcycle jacket over a long, sheer button down and a sheer white skirt with thigh-high slits. Most looks had open backs with harnesses of sorts holding the garment together--cool but a little forced. Siri came out in a white maxi dress with green streaks at the bottom and ruffle pleating on top, a look fit for any beach night. Also great was an asymmetrical black patterned dress over a long silk georgette skirt.
Not working so well was a multi-layered chartreuse look; the layering was great, but no one wants to be in head to toe chartreuse tones. Lindsay Wixson stomped out in a bulky feeling trench, and Kori Richardson had a similarly bulky vest.
Ultimately, the sheer/harnesses dynamic produced a subtly kinky vibe, and even with a few awkward moments, you're likely to fall in love with some Nicole Miller pieces in stores this spring.