While it sometimes may seem the world is awash in clothes, finding examples with the right mix of sophistication and practicality can be remarkably difficult. That’s where Nicole Miller has made her reputation, and her fall collection shows her continued ability to meet that challenge.
The first part of her presentation included body-conscious jersey and satin dresses, tops and miniskirts in muted green, mocha, plum and black, and shaped by shirred panels. All these looks, including a pretty green shearling coat embroidered with a deco peacock-feather motif, were flattering and easy on the eyes, if not terribly new.
Miller made a more individual statement with a series of party dresses. The designer demonstrated her eye for balancing glitz with wearability, putting just a few deco touches on her ’20s-esque flapper shifts and dropping down the neckline of a red gown—but not too, too far. And her sparkly bouclé coat was a prime example of Miller at her best: smart enough for day, cool enough for night.