Has Nicole Miller
gone over to the geek squad? The designer's last two shows took cues from the sci-fi cult film Gattaca
, and her latest Resort collection was inspired by refracted light (a middle school science fair staple, if memory serves correctly). Turns out, though, that her visible-spectrum theme was more chic than geek. Draped dresses and tunics came in a pretty, prismatic print, and ombré pieces in rainbow colors were eye-catching even if they called for a specific kind of occasion—say, a summer music festival. Miller also added one of her best-selling metal dresses to the mix, updating it this season with an asymmetrical neckline and allover ruching.
The best looks, however, were the more casual ones that borrowed from vintage menswear silhouettes: an easy, strapless jumpsuit with wide legs in silk georgette; a rugged oilcloth parka jacket with drawstring sleeves; and super-baggy, pleated trousers that were surprisingly flattering (on the skinny model, at least). The designer's favorite pants had a man-repeller trifecta going on: mid-calf, drop-crotch, and high-waisted. Miller called them her "nerdy pants," but we can think of a few cool girls who'd want to give them a trial run.