For spring 2014, Nicole Miller was inspired by the gardens of Versailles and the aftermath of a gang of rebel-girls storming the castle. The show notes display a collection of phrases to sum up the collection: “rebels with a cause,” “gardens, mazes, chandeliers, shattered mirrors” and “power meets pretty.”
You could definitely see the counterbalance of flirty femininity meets rocker-girl in the designs--soft florals contrasting hard-edged geometric prints, a tough slouchy leather moto-vest over a fitted flower-emblazoned dress, a maze garden-referential laser-cut shell paired with a ladylike lace-crochet pencil skirt, and a neoprene-embossed bomber jacket layered over an ivory ruffled Victorian-slip-esque top with badass leather leggings.
Dazzling stained glass-esque bejeweled embellishments called the “shattered mirrors” to mind and bouncing gold, while silver beaded tassels seemed to recall the majestic chandeliers of a decadent castle. While the spring 2014 collection isn’t necessarily revolutionary (sorry couldn’t help it), it was very Nicole Miller--meaning, super wearable and flattering.
The styling was also very Marie Antoinette goes to CBGB—a near bare face with gothy wine stained lips and a gorgeous messy braided updo version of the beheaded queen’s pouf.
Greg Laswell’s version of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” (which you may have heard—fittingly—on The Hills, Confessions of a Shopaholic and The Carrie Diaries) blared through the speakers for the final walk. While the girls didn’t skip down the catwalk, they did experience some sort of exuberant model pile up toward the end of the runway as they tried to pair up for the turnaround. It was cute and very fun.