Nicole Miller Spring 2012 Collection

Posted on September 13, 2011

Nicole Miller Spring 2012 Collection

What an experience the Nicole Miller show was. Not only did we get to sit in the front row, thanks to a concerted effort to support fashion bloggers, but we got to go backstage and meet Nicole herself and tell her what we think. And what did we think? We were blown away. When you think of Nicole Miller, you think of classic dresses and gowns; bridal and prom wear. But the second the first look walked out we realized we were in for something different. She’s clearly making her move to court a much younger customer by skipping the prom dresses and going “street.” Bright colors, wild patterns, menswear-inspired pieces, and fantastic separates. Very modern and fresh, evocative of the ’80s without ripping them off directly, a little rock and roll, a little hip hop, and a lot of attitude. As we said to Nicole backstage when she asked us what we thought, “It’s the wardrobe of the coolest, most interesting girl at the party.” Love all the colors and patterns, the go-go checks and the stripes, the beading, the outerwear, the bags and shoes. It was just a fun, loud, young collection of looks and we were very pleasantly surprised by it.

Nicole Miller Spring 2012 Collection

Nicole Miller Spring 2012 Collection

Nicole Miller Spring 2012 Collection

Nicole Miller Spring 2012 Collection

Nicole Miller Spring 2012 Collection

Nicole Miller Spring 2012 Collection

 

 

 

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  • Megan Patterson

    I do like the really graphic striped pants and dresses.

  • Judy_J

    Young and fresh, but there’s lots here that I would wear, and I’m in my fifties.

    • Anonymous

      Yes. I can see a number of things that would work for this almost 60-year-old.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Elaine-Lang/100000366510311 Elaine Lang

      Exactly! The designs are young, but doesn’t make the not so young (who tend to have more cash on hand) look like mutton-dressed-up-as-a-lamb. 

      Sign me up for that b&W dress in pic #6 — love it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Elaine-Lang/100000366510311 Elaine Lang

      Exactly! The designs are young, but doesn’t make the not so young (who tend to have more cash on hand) look like mutton-dressed-up-as-a-lamb. 

      Sign me up for that b&W dress in pic #6 — love it.

    • Anonymous

      I’m with all of the Mature Ladies in this area of the comment section.  First, I love prints!  Second, I love color!  So this collection is making my heart beat a little faster (increased circulation–always a plus for the Mature Ladies!). But the way the clothes are cut — I could wear quite a few of them and not look like I’m trying to look 25.  It would all be in the accessories and shoes. And I know I’d feel like a million bucks in these clothes!

      • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

        Another “mature” vote for this wonderful collection. And no chartreuse!

    • MilaXX

      48 & I would wear quite a bit of this.

      • Anonymous

        I would too and I’m 47. 

    • MilaXX

      48 & I would wear quite a bit of this.

    • Anonymous

      Count this 46-year-old in!

  • Anonymous

    THESE bright colors I like! Partly because there’s more use of them as pop rather than in-your-face yards of fabric. I still couldn’t wear most of them, but at least they’re interesting to look at rather than verging on visual assault.

  • Anonymous

    Gotta say I don’t like it. The collection is too many things across the board and I appalaud her trying something new after all these years, but this ain’t working!

  • Anonymous

    Gotta say I don’t like it. The collection is too many things across the board and I appalaud her trying something new after all these years, but this ain’t working!

  • Anonymous

    LOVE huh. Must have that first trenchcoat RIGHT NOW.

  • Anonymous

    LOVE huh. Must have that first trenchcoat RIGHT NOW.

    • Anonymous

      Egad!  I love that too! 

  • Anonymous

    Is anyone else seeing Mondo in these looks?  Oh PR judges. Fail.

  • Anonymous

    Is anyone else seeing Mondo in these looks?  Oh PR judges. Fail.

    • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

      Very Mondo. I’m afraid we’re going to be seeing a lot of Mondo done wrong. Very few designers will be able to combine patterns and colors successfully. But this is perfection. 

    • Anonymous

      I thought that with the fabric choices but… sorry Nicole Miller! I think Mondo would have mixed them better. There’s a few instances where the pattern looks just plain confusing and I’ve never seen that from Mondo before.

  • Kim Sheehan

    These clothes make me happy. I love the red and grey striped dress.

  • Anonymous

    DROOL. I love this.

    I want wild, bright.. coloring book.. with highlighters.. and LSD– patterns to be the new trend. This is What We Need.

  • Anonymous

    I feel like my nephews’ Matchbox car collection got spewed up all over the models. 
    Much too NASCAR graphics for me.

    But it’s nice to know she’s nice to bloggers.

  • Anonymous

    Very Kate & Allie. Look it up under 80′s TV.

    • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

      Oh, I loved that show. Jane Curtain is never not funny.

  • Anonymous

    I’m obviously not the most interesting girl at any party, since I wouldn’t wear 90% of these pieces.  I do really like the red and black dress though.

    • http://aimeewrites.com AimeeWrites

      I was going to say precisely the same thing. :)

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VA5XLSF3QRELSC3MUFSXLP4EIE rebecca

        Me too. Aside from the fact that I love the bright colors, I just can’t warm up to this. Maybe I’m too preppy.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VA5XLSF3QRELSC3MUFSXLP4EIE rebecca

        Me too. Aside from the fact that I love the bright colors, I just can’t warm up to this. Maybe I’m too preppy.

    • Anonymous

      Just skimming through, I originally read your comment as:
      “It’s obviously not for the most interesting girl at any party, since I wouldn’t wear 90% of these pieces.”

      And that amused me.

    • Anonymous

      Just skimming through, I originally read your comment as:
      “It’s obviously not for the most interesting girl at any party, since I wouldn’t wear 90% of these pieces.”

      And that amused me.

      • Anonymous

        Ha, I would’ve been very full of myself if I had said that!

  • Anonymous

    I love it!  Very bold and graphic…someone said it was kind of NASCAR-graphics, but I love NASCAR (possibly the only Bitter Kitten that does LOL), so it totally works for me.

    It looks like Mondo was AHEAD of the trend!  These look super-wearable, and some could even work on a full-figured gal like myself.  Very nice.

  • Anonymous

    I love it!  Very bold and graphic…someone said it was kind of NASCAR-graphics, but I love NASCAR (possibly the only Bitter Kitten that does LOL), so it totally works for me.

    It looks like Mondo was AHEAD of the trend!  These look super-wearable, and some could even work on a full-figured gal like myself.  Very nice.

  • Anonymous

    I love it!  Very bold and graphic…someone said it was kind of NASCAR-graphics, but I love NASCAR (possibly the only Bitter Kitten that does LOL), so it totally works for me.

    It looks like Mondo was AHEAD of the trend!  These look super-wearable, and some could even work on a full-figured gal like myself.  Very nice.

  • Anonymous

    I like it. Very cool and fun.
    The red and grey stripes transported me right back to 1984, when everybody and their mother had a red and grey striped sweater.

  • http://aintbaroque.wordpress.com/ Ain’t Baroque

    Red and gray striped dress for me, k, thanks.

  • Anonymous

    Love that neon blue trench coat, and the black dress with the lime/iris/coral inserts in the panel below.

  • Anonymous

    it’s very Mondo imho. or is Mondo very Nicole Miller?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Micaela-Cannon/1465504041 Micaela Cannon

    I NEED THAT BLUE COAT!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Micaela-Cannon/1465504041 Micaela Cannon

    I NEED THAT BLUE COAT!

  • Anonymous

    I was totally on-board once she got away from those narrow mermaid-skirts (minus the usual flounce at the bottom).  They are extremely uncomfortable and only flattering on skinny gals.  Another vote for the red and grey stripes.  So cute.

  • Anonymous

    I was totally on-board once she got away from those narrow mermaid-skirts (minus the usual flounce at the bottom).  They are extremely uncomfortable and only flattering on skinny gals.  Another vote for the red and grey stripes.  So cute.

  • MilaXX

    What a fun collection! I like a lot of this. The stripes of the 4th and 6th looks, the black dress with the mustard and orange inserts, and quite a few of the prints.

  • MilaXX

    What a fun collection! I like a lot of this. The stripes of the 4th and 6th looks, the black dress with the mustard and orange inserts, and quite a few of the prints.

  • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

    i cant believe i am saying this about nicole miller but there really is stuff in there i’d be glad to wear.

  • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

    i cant believe i am saying this about nicole miller but there really is stuff in there i’d be glad to wear.

  • Anonymous

    I really LOVE these dresses.

    It seems like Nicole Miller has been around forever, but I can still remember the first time I read about her: It was an article in  People magazine (from way back when it was a good magazine), and she was pictured roller skating around her loft. I can still picture the photograph.

    –GothamTomato

  • Anonymous

    I really LOVE these dresses.

    It seems like Nicole Miller has been around forever, but I can still remember the first time I read about her: It was an article in  People magazine (from way back when it was a good magazine), and she was pictured roller skating around her loft. I can still picture the photograph.

    –GothamTomato

  • http://profiles.google.com/gillianholroyd gillian holroyd

    oh god how i love stripes

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AYQCICXEN2CCDBFV5HED4Z2RUA Dee B

    A lot of it’s terrible, but separated, I can see much of it working.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, a nice vibrant collection. I would wear a lot of these pieces (although not together, perhaps). 

  • Sarah Frances Hardy

    Does this look like Mackenzie-Childs to anyone else? I have a platter that looks just like that checkered print!

  • Anonymous

    ugly

  • Anonymous

    ugly

  • Joyce VG

    uhh hmm well ok….

  • http://www.polymathdesignlab.com Shannon Henry

    That black dress with the white graphic on the front looks like a Transformers logo to me. Don’t get me wrong, though, I would totally wear it.

  • Barbara Singleterry

    I love the last row middle dress. Strips plus print is so fun and like many who first commented, I am in my fifties as well. 

  • http://bailunrui.livejournal.com/ bailunrui

    I’m sorry, but no. Those prints are hideous and bring back terrible flashbacks of the 1980′s.

  • Anonymous

    OUT

  • Anonymous

    Like the silhouettes, hate the prints & colours (for the most part). I have no desire to revisit the 80s, it was a horrible decade. Must declare my love for the robin’s egg blue trench in row 6, though.

    • Anonymous

      I’m the exact opposite. I like most of the prints but not the silhouettes which I find a bit frumpy and enlivened only by the boldness of the prints. I’m with you on not reliving the 80′s though. Once was enough.

  • Anonymous

    If nothing else I love the shorts. Real shorts for real people who either don’t want to wear something that looks like a diaper or so short they can wear them to their next Gyn Exam.

  • http://robot-heart.tumblr.com heartbot

    I’m sorry, but I can’t help but think of those optical illusion books from the 90s. Am I supposed to be seeing an Eiffel Tower in your leggings?

  • Anonymous

    Love the colors, love the shoes!

  • http://www.myblackfriendsays.com myblackfriendsays

    too many stripes.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, I could nt be more excited. I have three Nicole Miller dresses (two of which I did, in fact, wear to proms), and I absolutely loved and love them. As a girl who was a bigger child and then a curvy adolescent, it was one of the first times I’d ever gone into one of these dress boutiques for an occasion and not felt like I didn’t belong, going through some private struggle many of my friends didn’t even know existed. Her dresses just…fit. If she’s making sportswear – especially sportswear this fun and cool – I am so in.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, I could nt be more excited. I have three Nicole Miller dresses (two of which I did, in fact, wear to proms), and I absolutely loved and love them. As a girl who was a bigger child and then a curvy adolescent, it was one of the first times I’d ever gone into one of these dress boutiques for an occasion and not felt like I didn’t belong, going through some private struggle many of my friends didn’t even know existed. Her dresses just…fit. If she’s making sportswear – especially sportswear this fun and cool – I am so in.

  • http://profiles.google.com/thisiscelia Celia

    Eh. Looks like Nicole Miller was inspired by last season Proenza Schouler.

    • Anonymous

      The whole collection reminds me of Jeffrey’s  (Angry Little Peanut Person) final collection for Project Runway.

  • Toto Maya

    Call it young if you like, but I could see my mom wearing these, and she would be fucking fabulous in them. I mean, I’d wear them too, but still.

  • Anonymous

    Oooh. The skirt in 7 is gorgeous and I wish there was a way it could be in my closet. I also love the dress in 29. So much colour and fun!

  • Anonymous

    if u like the ‘i try too hard’ look. 

  • Anonymous

    if u like the ‘i try too hard’ look. 

  • Phillip Wilde

    That navy and aubergine coat on the first row is a bit too Violet Beauregard, and the loud-printed jumpsuit on the third row scares me a little bit.  Otherwise, it’s a cute, youthful collection.

  • Phillip Wilde

    That navy and aubergine coat on the first row is a bit too Violet Beauregard, and the loud-printed jumpsuit on the third row scares me a little bit.  Otherwise, it’s a cute, youthful collection.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Cute!  I’m not the target audience, but there’s a lot there to like even for old broads like me.

  • Anonymous

    I can say that most of it is honestly not my taste i.e. I wouldn’t buy it but….and it’s a big butt….I really am digging it. There is a lot going on yet it seems well edited and it’s so fun and bright and wearable. I see why you guys were impressed.

  • http://twitter.com/artfulhome1 Christy Bishop

     NIcole Miller’s show was apparently after working with Joe Zee for the 2nd season of All On The Line! Very excited to see the episode now. This is a big change for her, and a great one. One of my favorite garments of all time was a Nicole Miller dress about 10 years ago…….love to see her evolving.