Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall ’12. Nicole Miller’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

February 10, 2012 • Fashion Blog, Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Fall '12

Summary: Nicole Miller was all about blending the old with the new for her Fall 2012 collection. Using the innovative and free thinking fashion from the 1970’s, Miller combined retro silhouettes and fabrics with the currently popular process of digital printing. The result was a kind of post-modern, psychedelic fantasy that was at once looking back and forward. Miller’s technique involved splashing overlapping prints across velvet, leather and tweed, which made for an visually interesting, if not overwhelming spectacle.

Though an impressive display of work (Miller notes she needle punched the digital prints together, in her program), I found myself gravitating toward the “simpler” pieces, meaning, those that were not completely covered in print. The brightly-colored alpaca vests were gorgeous, the military-inspired, wool quartrefoil coats were right on trend for the season, and the Jade Jagger-esque rocker chick fringe dresses at the end of the collection seemed instant best-sellers. Miller has always been known to push the envelope in creating a strong yet feminine aesthetic. And while we applaud her for her sense of  invention, we still err on the side of simplicity in this case, in a kind of ‘If it ain’t broke’ mentality. But it was still pretty groovy, baby.

Color Palette: gilded natural digital print, brown, rust, jewel flower silk digital print, indigo, magenta, dove grey, teal, black, color block, tan, plaid, purple, gun metal, ivory, patchwork print

Fabrics and Textures: silk tweed, tweed, silk georgette, wool, silk, corduroy, silk jersey, alpaca, lace handkerchief, lycra, lycra twill, felted wool, feather, velvet, suede, leather, silk jersey, trimmed twill, cashmere, neoprene, felting, mongolian, lace, gabardine, velveteen, macrame, fringe, poplin, seed beads, satin, crepe/lace/tulle, beads

Key Looks: Indigo Wool Quartrefoil Coat, Gilded Nature Digital Print Silk Tweed Jacket With Quartrefoil, Teal Reversible Alpaca Vest, Digital Feather Print Blazer, Color Block Suede and Leather Skirt, Guitar Print Top, Plaid and Woodlands Printsilk Combo Dress with Needle Punch Felting, Black Velvet Skinny Pant, Black Suede Fringe Skirt, Black Stretch Crepe/Lace/Tulle Dress with Front Ruffle

Photos: NYMag

-Alia Rajput

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