Nicole Miller Fall 2012 Collection

Posted on February 11, 2012

In the show notes, after the information about the blending of modern tech and old techniques through the use of digital printing on unusual surfaces like velvet, neoprene and tweed, there were only two sentences talking about the inspiration  behind the collection:

“The collection started as a view of parallel times and the thread progressed from there. The past plays out in the present.”

“Hunh,” we said. “That’s kind of obscure, isn’t it?” Then the show started and we were treated to Hendrix jackets, fringe, bell bottoms, and floppy hats, with retina-burning florals and neon plaids. Suddenly, it’s 1971. More accurately, it’s 1971 filtered through modern sensibilities using modern technology. A 1971 as it could have been. Parallel times.

Which isn’t to say it’s literal, although individual pieces could have walked right out of the Haight-Ashbury of the period. It’s all one big what-if. What if there were iPhones at Woodstock? The result was gorgeous, colorful, luxe and occasionally jaw-dropping. We loved it.

[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • MandyJane

    I love it!

  • Anonymous

    I want so hard. I need to hurry up and lose the extra weight then win the lottery so I can buy this whole collection. 

    • Tiger Gray

      The cool thing is I can see a lot of these pieces looking really fab on larger bodies. 

      • Anonymous

        I like your thinking. But they’ll never be offered in those sizes, and anyway I couldn’t afford, and anyway anyway I may have passed the sell-by date :(

        • Anonymous

          No honey!  A woman with taste is like a fine wine, getting better with the years!

          • Anonymous

            Oooh, I love being compared to a fine wine, thanks Cozy!

            Another kitty cat name :) someday when I have nothing better to do, I’ll make a list!

          • foodycatAlicia

            Well you know what they say – the internet is a series of tubes filled with cats.

  • Kiltdntiltd

    I love most of the clothes completely. However the huge hats worn low make the models look like the title character of Vampire Hunter D.

  • Anonymous

    Parts of the collection are really gorgeous and covetable.  But for me,  I think the 70s have been done in so many collections lately that  this feels a couple seasons behind the times. 

  • Paola Thomas

    These are gorgeous. Saving up NOW…

  • Anonymous

    The black dress with the lace looks like it’s from a completely different collection but I (who gravitates toward classic/tailored silhouettes in dresses) LOVED it when I saw pictures pop up elsewhere. Even more now that I can see it has pockets, which automatically take a dress from pretty great to FAB.

  • Terence Ng

    I am LOVING the palette here…

  • Lori

    I just can’t with the 70s. I appreciate what Miller is doing, but no amount of new technology makes me like the look any more than I enjoyed it the first time around. Which is to say, not much.

    • foodycatAlicia

      I know. But god I want a pair of velvet leggings now.

      • Anonymous

        velvet leggings rock!

      • accidental housewife

        Oh, man, me too. And I could get away with them if I wore them with boots under a few dresses I already own.

    • Anonymous

      You and me both.  Those patched leather bags remind me of my teens and living through them once was enough.

      • Anonymous

        Hated those bags then.  They do not need to be revived, they just look cheap to me.

  • Angelica Smith Mertens

    LOVE!  I think that this is the best runway show you have posted so far guys!  Now…if only I had some money to buy this awesome collection…I take donations everyone!!!!  :)

    • Anonymous

      If I was rich I’d gift you the entire thing, these clothes are so pretty they deserve to be worn!

  • Anonymous

    I dont know. something about most of this feels like its representing a girl trying too hard/pulling every trick out of the bag in one outfit.

    not that you cant do patterns, but most everything here to my eyes seems to clash, not complement one another. its almost like the collection is fighting itself to be cool. and its telling (about my sense of style) that the only outfits here that speak to me are the black ones. The dress with the lace applique, the oversized band leader trench, and the jacket/skirt combo with the leopard hat on the bottom left. subtly cool without so much of the pose. that said, the bag on the bottom right is lovely despite it being more in line with the stuff about this collection that makes me recoil. its bookbag cousin up top though? um, NO

  • Anonymous

    It’s weird because last night was the rerun of Sundance’s All On The Line with T&L’s fab television debut (?) at the Nicole Miller show and when the show was over I remember thinking “I wonder how they’ll cover Nicole Miller in the future?” 

    That said, it seems she really took Joe Zee’s advice to heart about bringing the past up to date and combining it with modern aesthetic which says a lot for her and her company’s ability to listen. 

    As for this collection, it’s nice enough although hasn’t Anna Sui covered this ground already? It’s been done before, and not just back in the 60s and 70s. I could have done with a little less of the literal. 

    • Anonymous

      agreed on the point about Anna Sui. Im definitely seeing shades of stuff shes done in this collection for sure. And so I wonder, if in fact this might be Miller going too far in taking the sage advice of Joe Zee (whom, dont get me wrong, I love, especially in his work with a vet like Nicole), that she is in danger of losing what makes her style its own…

      • Anonymous

        It kind of makes me wonder why one of Miller’s many minions didn’t mention how this refurbished hippy look had already been trod. Then again, if what we saw on AOTL was true, maybe they’re too young to remember. 

  • JoannaOC

    love the color palatte, the prints, the proportions. So many other collections I’ve seen shown so far have seemed blotchy; this  all fits together.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, please.

  • Lattis

    It’s hard for me to separate the nostalgia factor. Do I love it because it reminds me of my older sister coming home from college with a guitar and a fringed jacket? I thought she was the coolest thing ever. 
    The middle picture on the top row just kills me. I love the color, the print. And the jacket (?) on the second row with the military gold trim. mmmmmmmm 

  • Anonymous

    I like a lot of what’s shown here. I wouldn’t necessarily use the separates in some of the eye popping combinations, but that’s why they call them separates – so you can separate them right. Some of these pieces are stunning, others not so much but overall I like this better than alot of the other stuff we’ve been shown so far.

  • Anonymous

    Love it, the collection retained the good parts about the 70’s while getting rid of polyester part. The colors really pop in modern textiles. LOVE the yellow coat with purple fringe and the leather patchwork dress.

    • Ass Kicking Adviser

      I’m with you completely.  So modern and so inspired. I love, love, love it.

  • Nancer

    Awesome collection! And I love that these pieces are wearable; they don’t distort the female form, or add odd hip flaps like other collections. Beautiful, colorful – inspired and inspiring!

  • Anonymous

    wasn’t she looking to “youth-enize” her line recently?  i’d say mission accomplished, in that i can see many of Hollywood’s itty-bitty crowd sporting quite a few of these looks.

  • Sara__B

    I graduated from high school in 1970, and I have a weird love/hate relationship with the era. The styling and some of the pieces seem much too literal, which brings out my dislike of the era, but I actually like a lot of these separates. And I LOVE the patchwork clutch.

    • Anonymous

      but did you drink the koolaid?

    • Anonymous

      Suede patchwork was the one ’70s trend I hoped would never be revived.  Well, that and embroidering little mushrooms and butterflies on overall bibs.  I could even live with the return of macrame, just not suede patchwork.

      • Anonymous

        Ha! There was another recent post that referenced the embroidered mushrooms, plus the moon & star studs (Mr. Natural even made an appearance).

      • Anonymous

        INNOCENT. I am COMPLETELY INNOCENT of ever embroidering a mushroom or a butterfly on an overall!!!

        Although, er, um, I did kind of specialize in elaborate initials & [if in the throes of a major crush] monograms, in the style of the first letter of a section of an illustrated manuscript. (Called, I recently learned “historiated initials.”)

        . . . .

        Oh, all right. There were a few daisies. And lots and lots of twining vines. And, well, there was this one pair of jeans shorts with some butterflies.  Not many. I swear.

    • Call me Bee

      Yeah–I’m in the same place.  There was a lot of fashion of 1971 (the year I graduated) that I thought was silly and tacky.  Never embroidered my jeans, never had a suede fringed anything.  Did have a fur vest. I guess once I was in college, I wanted to dress less like a hippie and more like Mary Richards and Emily Hartley who had awesome wardrobes and apartments.

  • Mariah J

    I think I would like a lot of these pieces separately but not so much together in this hodgepodge.

  • Anonymous

    A lot of this looks like Edina Monsoon done right, and on the appropriately aged woman.  If Saf had just been the hip daughter of her dreams…

  • MilaXX

    Love it. If I was suddenly rich enough to buy any of this,  I’d separate some of the more wild pieces and were the hell out of them. Oh yeah, gimme the bag too.

  • Anonymous

    Paging Florence Welch. All her favorite silhouettes in colors that would actually flatter her fair skin!

    That first jacket in the first row? I’m putting a kidney on e-bay as we speak!

  •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    Great collection.

    And I love, love LOVE those hats, but I look utterly ridiculous in them.  They’re huge to the point of unwearability, and lord knows I’ve tried.  I keep trying to make it work, but – like too many beautiful things – they’re meant for tall women only.


    • Lattis

      So true. So sadly, sadly true. I love the hats in this collection. But, I am not tall,  . . . and if I wear a hat like these I have the silhouette of a Porcini mushroom.
      porcini-mushroom-in-nature.jpg 215×265 pixels

    • Anonymous

      Truer words never spoken. And yet I bought my last attempt only 8 years ago. 

      Someday, I will master the illusion of height. Tall and willowy, I will not just project it, but others will receive the vision.

  • Anonymous

    well, all the bitter kittens know i love this collection.  takes me right back to winterland with jimi hendricks.  too bad i was too high and missed much of the concert.  so many beautiful pieces i can’t play favorites.  the middle look in the first row is fabulous, but the pencil skirt would never fly at the ballrooms since you had to sit on the floor.  minis or long full skirts worked better, or pants.  many a great pair of pants were split getting up or down.  i would wear most of this today.  fifth row left and middle, sixth row right, sign me up.  and being a quiltmaker, i’ll have to have all the patchwork pieces, esp. that last purse.

    • Anonymous

      Winterland! *sigh* Never got there. But saw The Monkees, Cat Stevens, and the Dead at the Cow Palace.

      And, oh, gosh, the patchwork purses!

  • Anonymous

    This is a beautiful collection.  I Love it.

  • Briarnoir

    I want all of this. And I really adore the parallel what-iffical concept for it. FASHION FRINGE.

  • murt

    Amazing………. Will definitely be checking out stuff from this collection.

  • Anonymous

    I really like the big floppy hats. I like the clothes, too. :-)

  • Anonymous

    It’s weird–I don’t think I should like this: I don’t see any individual pieces that stand out to me especially, I couldn’t tell you anything about it that particularly speaks to me (maybe some of the colors)–and yet I LOVE IT. But then, I’ve always loved Nicole Miller.

  • Anonymous

    Oh MAN. I hate 1970’s fashion, but I absolutely covet everything in this collection

  • Anonymous

    Ok so I’ll take one of everything please.  I don’t even like 70″s fashion and this collection is faboosh.

    Brava Nicole..Brava

  • Anonymous

    Love the colours, hate the shoulder pads. Those will never not say “80s” to me.

    Oh, and I’ll take that backpack to go, please.

  • Anonymous

    Not sure that I could or would wear any of these but I really enjoy looking at the collection. I love the colors and the mix of textures.

  • Pennymac

    One of everything, please. And two of that back pack!

  • Anonymous

    YUM! To be young again.

    I am insanely nutz about this collection. Gorgeous colors and prints and styling. Would love to see closeups of the digital printing.

  • Anonymous

    What if there were iPhones at Woodstock?
    The mind boggles.

  • Anonymous

    Hate it. goes to show there is something for everyone as I seem to be in the minority opinion here

  • Anonymous

    The floppy hats and patchwork leather are giving me a major non-drug or trauma-induced flashback. Looking at this collection makes me feel like a little girl again, so I can’t help loving it. Maybe tomorrow when the nostalgia wears off I can look at it with a more discerning eye, but right now I want to part my hair down the middle and try everything on that catwalk on!

  • Call me Bee

    Oh wow, man.  Janice from Electric Mayhem would ba all over this collection…it’s so awesom, man.  That orange/gold print is right out of 1967.  And since I wore it then, I’m not wearing it now. 

  • Kathryn


  • Anonymous

    Oooh, the things I liked about 70s clothes are really well-represented here, but (IMO) more freshly than a lot of the 70s-ish offerings I’ve seen lately. [I say this as if I were a dedicated fashionista. It is to laugh.]

    There are more than a handful of which I am not a fan, but even those ensembles mostly could be mined for pieces.

    Ah, if only I were well off & fashion were my plaything!

  • Anonymous

    I like most of it but then again I’m a sucker for ’60s and early ’70s fashion – especially a midi or maxi skirt.  I dunno.  I always thought my mom looked super glamorous in them.

    For the most part Nicole Miller’s ’70s revival is done in a fun and fresh way.

  • Anonymous

    The 70s AGAIN? Oh, god, these designers need to find a new well to  draw from. They were your salad  days, we  get  it, can we move the fuck on now? I’m so bored with  the seventies. If we have to go back, why can’t they go back to the 1870s? The 1770s? Why does it always have to be the 1970s?  Why can’t it ever be something new?

  • Anonymous

    Love it! Wish the pictures were a little bigger.

  • Vera

    I heart hippy trippy.

  • Gotham Tomato

    God, I LOVE this collection!!! Love everything about it – that first dress, the take on a band jacket, that (what looks like a) brown suede or velvet jumper with the great pattern underneath, the floaty top with the black vest – just all of it. I must admit that part of that love is a nostalgia because it is so reminiscent of clothes I loved rom afar as a kid, but couldn’t buy – because I was too young. Now I have money and can buy my own clothes. I’m hoping that I can afford some of these.


    • Anonymous

      I’ve been scanning in bunches of photos (the kind they developed at the drugstore, remember?) from the 70s, and lo and behold, see a lot of similar silhouettes in this collection, but updated.  I had and proudly wore the band jacket, the jumper, and lots more.  Not my age bracket for today, but fun to see updated memories of it again!

  • Martha Anderson

    Wow  there are many nice things here

    Love the patchwork purse / notebook slider in the last row

    LOVE the St Pepper tunic in row 2

    • Anonymous

      Sgt. Pepper is the first thing I thought of too.  Love that tunic!

  • Judy S

    This is fun! Usually I must admit I look at the photos of collections and think, who would wear this? and why? But these are delightful and one can see them trickling down in a really healthy way. but 1971 was a very good year for me.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t normally care for Nicole Miller (which is strange because she loves her colors) but I do love this one.

  • Lisa

    I really love this collection.  If “Hippie” is done well, and this is, there’s no reason it can’t be beautiful.  

  • Anonymous

    My mom had a very similar purse.   I bet if I looked hard enough, I could find it.. my very own budget “Nicole Miller” purse.

  • Ass Kicking Adviser

    Please ignore all other pleas for donations and samples. It is I who truly most needs the patchwork leather dress, suede jumper, fair isle inspired top…oh god…don’t make me list them. It’s gorgeous. My favorite show so far. Thanks TLo!

  • Anonymous

    Very everyday urban wear; I would wear it all.

  • Anonymous

    hot hot hot. 

  • Anonymous

    This is one of my most favorite collections in a long time, I WANT….

  • oohsparkley!

    Mine, it’s all mine!