Nicole Miller Fall 2012 Ad Campaign

Posted on July 27, 2012

All right girls; simmer down, simmer down.

That’s our Mrs. Garrett impersonation. If we had to pick the holy female trinity who inspired T Lo the most, it might just be Mrs. Garrett, Joan Rivers, and Tanya, Marlene Dietrich’s bitchy Mexican fortune-teller (you read that right) in Touch of Evil (“You’we a mess, honey.”). But that’s just today. Next week it’ll be something like The Baroness Von Schraeder from The Sound of Music, Catwoman, and Annie Lennox. We are large; we contain multitudes of divas.

Anyway, it’s late Friday in semi-late summer and we know you all want to get the hell away from your drudgery and get this damn weekend started quickly, right? But before you go off into the land of sunshine for the next 48 hours, take a moment to center yourselves and remind yourself of what’s truly important in life: beautiful people, beautifully photographed, wearing beautiful clothes.

Even better, it’s Nicole Miller’s take on hippie-chick chic. What better way to get your daily Zen Moment of Pretty? So darlings, if you’re going to San Francisco, steer clear of the brown tabs and have a fabulous weekend.


Nicole Miller Fall 2012 ad campaign featuring model Alana Zimmer photographed Nagi Sakai in East Hampton.


[Photo Credit: Alana Zimmer for]

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  • My inner divas this week are Ava Gardner in “Night of the Iguana”,  Mama Rose, and Julie McCoy, your cruise director…

    • Love your choices of Diva. Today’s three way split for me is Mame Dennis Burnside, Evita Peron, and Madeline Kahn.

      • LesYeuxHiboux

        Cyndi Lauper, Katharine Hepburn, Rita Moreno as Anita from West Side Story. 

        •  Its interesting how revelatory these choices can be about someone.  (grin)

          • LesYeuxHiboux

             Isn’t it just?
             It should be required writing for all kittens.

      •  Liz Taylor as Cleopatra; Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond (“I *AM* big–it’s the pictures that got small”), and Bette Davis as anyone at all, especially herself.  The second outfit is Peter Max-tastic!

        •  I would take Bette in All About Eve, as her ultimate diva moment.

          •  Everyone knows the “fasten your seat belts” line from that movie, but my favorite is where she’s talking about her boyfriend & says, “Bill is forty.  He looked forty ten years ago; he’ll look forty ten years from now.  I hate men.”  GREAT MOVIE.  I assume you saw that Celeste Holm died just last week?

          • I did indeed! That was one helluva actor, and one very classy dame. It saddened me to hear of her passage.

            My favorite line? ” I’m not to be had for the price of a cocktail, like a salted peanut!”

          • gmair

            The line is actually “thirty-two,” not “forty.” Forty is the age that Margo/Bette reluctantly admitted to being herself. 

            And how things change. Because “Bill” looks about fifty to me (and I’m on the north side of that line myself). –gpm

          • “All About Eve” has a ridiculous amount of quotable lines.  Another of my favorites occurs when Bette is talking with Celeste in the stalled car, and muses, “Funny thing, a woman’s career–the things you drop on your way up the ladder, so you can move faster.  You forget you’ll need them again when you get back to being a woman.”  And of course, Addison’s deathless line, “Here, read my column while you wait; the minutes will fly like hours.”

            I don’t know how old Gary Merrill was when he made the movie (and don’t feel like looking it up right now) but I do know he & Davis married afterward.

            Oh, and I just remembered Thelma Ritter as Bette’s dresser.  She was marvelous!  My favorite character actress.

          • rh33

             “This bed looks like a dead animal act.”

    • PhillipWilde

       I think mine at the moment are Lady Gaga, Tallulah Bankhead, and Mama Cass.

    • Katherine Hepburn in “Lion in Winter”, Katherine in Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” and Myrna Loy.

    • I’m late to the party, but mine are all fictional: Lucille Bluth, Karen Walker, and Miss Marple.

  • kimmeister

    I love the dress in the 2nd photo, split sleeves and all.  I wonder how long it is?

    • Amy Ellinger

      my first thought was “please let a version be in her jc penney’s line!!”  

  • DeborahJozayt

    I want the jacket in the first pic and the top in the second pic just so I can bring out my inner Jackson 5. 

  • MilaXX

    running around in 90+ degree heat will give you a hell of a headache. Complete thoughts are becoming hard.
    This model looks like a young Kim Raver (Ravner?).
    I hate her eye makeup in some of the shots.
    The clothe looks nice in a hippy kind of way, but I’m too hot to look very closely at anything with sleeves.

  • Synnamin

    am I the only one who was distracted by her mouth? CLOSE YOUR DAMN MOUTH!

  • nicole seligman

    my inner divas this weekend are donna summer, barbra in funny girl, and naomi campbell because i will not hesitate to throw my phone.

    • Introspective

      love this. i guess i have an inner naomi 24-7. i walk around nyc like a madwoman ready to launch the iphone at the first nut who tries to start something with me.

  • rougeort

    Happy weekend BKs, PUFs, guests stopping by and of course T and Lo! Also, happy Olympics (may the odds be ever in your favor? :P)!

  • Griffinqueen

    Wow , these look like they could be recycled for Harper’s Bazaar 1974.

    My inner divas are  Bette Davis, Edina Monsoon, and… the bastard little girl love child of Tom and Lorenzo!

    • dress_up_doll

      Like x 100!

  • marilyn

    Nicole Miller didn’t design anything new.  She just remade clothing from the 1970’s.  It may not look so good without the drugs.

  • kat89

    1972 must have been a good year for Nicole Miller.

  • hexiadetrix

    “Your future iss all used up. Why don’t you go home?”

  • Introspective

    this spread makes me feel like its time to hit the family bus to strum some guitars and get happy. or to hit some lsd and get happy.

    im not sure id to pay top dollar for such literal interpretations of the early 70s though.

  • muzan-e

    Are we picking inner divas? Because we’d just been watching a new episode of Damages, you know…    So naturally, I’d like to spend the sunny, sunny weekend channeling my inner Ellen Parsons, who is the epitome of such cliches as Grace under fire, and Being above it all, and Going for the fucking jugular.  *g*

    • FashionShowAtLunch

      And looking gorgeous while doing it. 

  • FashionShowAtLunch

    Touch of Evil is in my top 5 favorite movies of all time.  It is awesome.  That is all. 

  • sk8tfan

    Since when did they start stealing medical school cadavers to serve as models? I can’t even see the clothes past that skull.

    • In_Stitches

       I think she’s beautiful; like the fashion version of Kate Beckinsale. 

  • kittenwithaquip

    That last shot looks like Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes. Which is not a good thing in my book.

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    I work in technology because the money is pretty good and I can go to work in jeans and a hoodie most days …. but I may have to get myself one or more of these pieces and find somewhere to wear them (the kids in my office would die of shock if I wore them to work) because these clothes look like fun!

  • mjude

    have to admit i love it, takes me back to the good old days.

  • poggi

    I love the glasses in the fourth picture!

  • Sarah Thomas

    That’s some face she’s giving.

    Madame Rose, Auntie Mame, and Norma Desmond.

  • Judy_J

    It’s the Summer of Love all over again!

  • understateddiva

    My divas for the weekend are Janis Joplin (inspired by this hippie chic campaign), Karen Walker, and Jenna Marshall.

    • LesYeuxHiboux

       You really are an understated diva!

  • so frickin’ ugly!

  • Call me Bee

    I don’t know, boys..  I’m at an age where I did wear this stuff (and that hairstyle) in 1972, and looked hot!  I’m sure if I wore this now, I’d look plain silly. 
    My usual divas: Katherine Hepburn, Madeline Kahn in Young Frankenstien (not on the lips!) and, sometimes, Moira shearer (The Red Shoes.)

    • Susan Crawford

      Moira! And my favorite all-time great film – “The Red Shoes” is sheer enchantment embedded in a three-hanky tale of love and obsession.

    • EEKstl

      LOVE LOVE LOVE The Red Shoes, it is in my Top 10 of all-time faves.  But Moira didn’t seem to be to be a diva, she struck me as a practical young woman who loved to dance.  But I’m with you on The Great Kate.  Also, LOVE Margaret Dumont and Neely O’Hara (“You ain’t the breadwinner either!”).

  • littlemac8

    Dame Edna, Ellen DeGeneres and I wish you all a happy weekend: posted from the DID conference (dissociative identity disorder)!!

    • LambeeBaby

      What an odd combination to all be living together. It WOULD make for an interesting sitcom.

  • quiltrx

    I haven’t been feeling well this week (blood pressure ramped up, nervous all the time)…so I have just one inner diva this week…Stanwyck as Leona Stevenson in “Sorry, Wrong Number.”

    (btw, uncles, your ToE reference made this noir girl super-happy!)

    •  There’s also Stanwyck in “Double Indemnity”……even when her ankle coming down the stairs is the only thing you see, she dominates the screen.

      • quiltrx

        Oh, but Phyllis would NEVER whine…and I’ve been Leona at her whiniest this week. 🙂

  • bourbonella

    You guys are on a roll today – opening with Mrs. Garrett and signing off with brown tabs! Giggling over here.

  • Vlasta Bubinka

    Wistfully ambivalent model longs to walk children in nature.

  • michelle shields

    “Sunshine. On my shoulders. Makes me happy.”

  • Maria Montez, Bette Davis (because she real gangsta) and Anne Bancroft and Shirley Maclaine in the final dialogue of “The Turning Point.”

  • Susan Crawford

    Roz Russell in “Auntie Mame”, Judy Garland at the London Palladium and Morena Baccarin as the Awesome Lizard Queen – yep, that’s my threesome this weekend. Meantime, YA-A-AY for Ms. Miller’s fabulous Boho-inspired designs. Love. Her.

  • How about Bette Midler—remember her “Clams on the Half Shell” revue?
    Which reminds me, I went to a one-woman show once, called “Bette, Betty, and Bette” (Davis, Hutton, & Midler).  It was great and the actress made it seem like they were triplets separated at birth.

  • Saucysusan

    I (maybe) like the 1st skirt & the glasses, but the rest can stay back in the decade from whence it came. I won’t do 70’s or 80’s again because I didn’t much like the fashion the1st time around! I don’t mind referencing a decade because it truly seems as if there’s nothing new under the sun..but at least add some elements that bring it into the current decade.

  • guest2visits

    Feels like the 70’s. Sunshine and tall fields are in conflict with the lackluster, somewhat dreary looks of this collection. Not for me.

  • Sweetvegan

    I would’ve guessed that the holy trinity of divas who inspired TLo was Cher, Iman and Laura Bennett.

  • Sue_Asponte

    So happy for the call out for the Baroness Von Schroeder. The older I get, the more I think she’s the only sane one in that movie. I was rooting for her the last time I saw it.

    Love Mrs. Garrett too. Current inspirations: Mrs. Huxtable, Sigourney Weaver (Aliens or Galaxy Quest), Rosalind Russell (His Girl Friday).

  • LeoBloke

    My go-to divas: Edith Evans as Lady Bracknell in “The Importance of Being Earnest”, Maggie Smith in “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie”, and Margot Fonteyn in just about anything.

  • jblaked

    Abby Ewing, Jamie Somers, Sophie Zawistowski (Sophie’s Choice) and Jessica Lange (Dwan) in King Kong.

  • PeaceBang

    This is why I love the Bitter Kittens so much: all kindred spirits. Auntie Mame, Endora, Mama Rose. Always. With a touch of Malificent. And I hate these clothes with a burning passion — the color palette, the itchy polyester fabrics and the look of the cadaverous model who can’t shut her mouth.