There's always a flood of e-mails pre-Fashion Week: How can we get tickets to fashion shows? Well, you can buy your way in via American Express - though you'll be seeing last season's collections - or you can be a socialite, an actress, an editor, a buyer, a pop star, a photographer or you can stand on the 6th Avenue sidewalk and watch everyone leave the tents which is kind of like a fashion show in its own right. Or, if you want to go to the NIcole Miller show you can answer both of these questions correctly and McDonald's will give you two tickets. They'll also give you a $250 Visa gift card (a new outfit maybe?) and a $100 gift card to McDonald's, which is a whole lot of McFlurry's - or McCafe's, "the official coffee" of New York Fashion Week if you can hang on to that gift card until this summer. 1. Which 90's sitcom revolved almost an entire episode around a Nicole Miller dress? 2. Which designer used to work at McDonald's? (Hint: Said person's showing in New York next week.) If you know the answers, email us: firstname.lastname@example.org (first person with both correct answers wins the tickets!) and we'll see you next week! Update: The winner is reader Willie - thanks for playing!
Sheer Kitsch at Nicole Miller
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.