September 08, 2011 New York
The big story here was color. The show opened with a pair of leggings in a wildly bright patchwork print that was the visual equivalent of Jolt Cola. Wake up! Multi-stripe intarsia knits had a similar effect, as did the bright yellow, turquoise, and pink trim that Miller applied to a multitude of looks in black. The athletic references were a bit literal at times—bike shorts, racerbacks, neoprene—but for the most part, Miller did well by them. The world may not require another scuba dress (Miller's version came in black, with yellow appliqués), but it can always do with a bomber jacket as cool as the perforated leather one on the runway tonight, or a loose-fitting silk button-down in a blown-out check redolent of the black and white on classic Vans. In general, the show felt fresh and appropriately youthful.