Nicole Miller Fall 2014 Collection

Posted on February 08, 2014

Taking her inspiration from warrior women (and citing such examples as Elle Driver, Princess Mononoke, Terminator Model t-x, and Hangaku Gozen in the show notes), Nicole Miller once again offered up a wardrobe for the confident, attitudinal, urban-oriented woman. Like many of her recent collections, there’s a retro rock-and-roll feel, but instead of returning to the ’60s/’70s hippie-inspired well, this feels more like New York City, circa 1980. Earthy metallics, lots of leather (and feathers) and some punk-inspired studded pieces give it all a textural, street-level, gritty-glam vibe.

[Photo Credit: IMAXtree]

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  • macwell

    I want to unsee all of it.

  • filmcricket

    I like a lot of this: I can see the 80s influence but thank God there’s not much of the exaggerated, over-sized fit that characterized so much of that decade. I can see present-day Denise Huxtable being drawn to this stuff.

    • The perfect reference for this collection.

    • Jacob Bowen

      YES! Cosby Show for the win!

  • MzzPants

    Fierceness all around. Love the styling and sophisticated color palette.

  • MilaXX

    Love all of this. It just feels for want of a better word, cool. I love every single peace. Seeing this collection is making me want a faux feather skirt to rock with tights.

  • Sarah

    Shoot, I was down for it as soon as I read “Princess Mononoke.” I do like it, though! Styling is gorgeous.

    • MarieLD

      Right? Inspired by Princess Mononoke!

    • I do wish she had gone for Sarah Connor circa Terminator 2: Judgement Day, rather than the female Terminator itself. T2 Linda Hamilton is my strength training inspiration.

      • Rand Ortega

        Those guns BLEW THE DOORS OFF! Every gym in LA circa 1991 was packed with women workin’ that upper body!

      • drdirection

        I used her as an example to my trainer last week!

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    There’s a red leather jacket up there in picture nine that I am drooling over.

    • RedRaven17

      That jacket is to die for. The color is a perfect red to go with everything.

  • Jen

    love the peacock feather dress!

  • I would love to see Lena Dunham in any of the wrap dresses here, but especially number 9, the green one with the rainbow wrappy bit and the maroon long sleeves and just a little more length in the hem for her, and number 11 which would be stunning on me, and also her. But it has to be with the dark hose, because that makes these outfits 100% more awesome. I can’t tell you how overjoyed I have been to see it on runways recently.

    I would absolutely buy number 11 right now, if it were on the Nicole Miller website for sale. That is so completely and utterly me, if I could be expressed as a dress that would totally be it.

    And the peacock things with the gorgeous cobalt blue.. I die x 16 thousand million billion. 🙂 They would not look good on me I fear, but I would love them anyway..

  • Aidan B

    I’m surprised how much I liked all of this; given the show notes I didn’t think I would. But I love the mix of textures and the rich colors here. Also, I’ll take one of each wrap dress, please.

  • yethica

    I would basically wear every single thing in this line (especially that embroidered leather dress… dayum)… to architecture reviews… to terrify the students. It would be awesome.

  • Herr Meier

    i wonder if this site contains advertisment posts. this one sure feels like it

    P.S. please don’t ban me

    • Would you like to say anything about the collection? Or perhaps you’d like to debate its merits based on what we wrote here? Do you have anything to add about the topic of this post except to throw out an entirely unsupported accusation for absolutely no reason?

    • sekushinonyanko

      I don’t even understand your complaint. This is a fashion site, these are images from a fashion show posted here. As they are on a regular basis.

    • MK03

      If you don’t like the content, you’re free to leave at any time.

  • Interesting. Take the styling away and a lot of this would work really well on fierce older ladies. It’s unusual to see a collection that doesn’t rely on youth.

    • SugarSnap108

      Yep. What I love about this collection is that these pieces are wearable for a wide range of actual women who exist off the runway.

      • I can actually picture my mum wearing some of this to conferences etc. She’s an “autumn”, the colours would suit her!

  • alyce1213

    She mixes colors and textures so well. The print mixing works, I think, because she juxtaposes a dominant print with a more subtle counterpart, a foil. (Unlike Pilotto, whose prints vie for attention).
    It’s an interesting collection, a lot to look at carefully.

  • lamamu

    A Be Me/Do Me collection from start to finish. Kick ass!

    • unbornfawn

      Definitely. I think we will be seeing a lot of these pieces on lady stars very soon.

  • understateddiva

    y’know, my reaction to the last few NM collections was, “really? Are we still trying to make Nicole Miller happen?” Or at least, happen again?” But this one actually has something going for it.

  • somebody blonde

    LOVE this collection, especially the patterned leather and the peacock feather pieces. It’s gorgeous and actually wearable.

  • SugarSnap108

    I unreservedly love this – colors, shapes, styling. Love.

  • kmk05

    I love this. It’s exactly like the description: urban and modern with a retro twist, and the woman wearing this knows exactly who she is, what she wants, and how to get it. I may not actually like some of the pieces, but fuck yeah would I wear all of it. The jackets! The stitched leather! THIS is how you do a peacock dress!

  • DeTrop

    This is a spectacular collection. Love it all.

    • alyce1213

      The more I look at it, the more I like it. And I liked it from the first look.

  • CatherineRhodes

    Peacock feathers, seriously?

  • Finally, something interesting! I could never have guessed that I would need a quilted plaid skirt in my wardrobe. Warrior woman is just my style, as an amazonally-proportioned gal. I would wear all of this quite happily.

  • Gatto Nero

    Ha. I saw “Nicole Miller” and thought, *yawn*.
    But, damn, these are gorgeous. Much more texture and pattern than I’m used to seeing from her, and all deployed beautifully.
    I would wear anything here.

  • marlie

    I don’t especially like this individual items in this collection, BUT I really like the color story, some of the details, and the overall theme. And the jacket and coat in photos 8 and 12 need to come live with me.

  • Coolekat

    I love seeing hose and tights again.

  • MK03

    I would have liked to see more Mononoke in these.

  • Sunraya

    I liked her last collection a LOT better! There are a few pieces in here I can see women wearing, but I think a lot of it is going to be just too much for your average starlet to wear. It will end up wearing most of them. Maybe Nina Rivera – that’s who comes to mind.

    • These aren’t starlet clothes. I am thinking Shelly O, Queen Helen, maybe Susan Sarandon.

      • Sunraya

        Maybe the solid black for Shelly O, but I can’t see any others for her. Too much of everything! And I just can’t see older women wearing these. Maybe Sandra Bullock? Someone braver, because the clothes are very strong, almost editorial.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    The Princess Mononoke reference just sold it to me. Give me a piece of each look, please.

  • Rand Ortega

    The color palette is absolutely brilliant. Ms. Miller has got The Downtown Girl look polished to a science!

  • minnye

    If I had my ass-kicking lifestyle from a decade& a half ago (plus the income required), I’d be all over this collection and decidedly out of the house. But I really came to say that I just cracked open Be Me or Do Me & have contentedly settled down with a sleeping boy & favorite blanket for a fun read. Thanks TLo 🙂

    • kimmeister

      Now I’m curious about your lifestyle from a decade and a half ago . . .

  • quiltrx

    I really like all the jackets. Some of the other pieces I can take or leave, but I do like the colors and the *idea* of the collection, if not always the execution.

  • Gloriana Reginata

    Virtually nothing here I would wear, but I’d look twice at almost all of them if I saw them worn by someone else in the street. Distinctive and interesting.

  • Fred Vaughn

    Almost TOO subdued colorwise, but mostly a fall-collection success to me.

  • paintedfish

    me likey

  • boweryboy

    I love the peacock feather dress. That’s about it. Although my other half was slightly irritated by it. “Don’t they know it’s the male peacock who sports the plummage, not the female?” he yelled at my computer monitor.

    • demidaemon

      Well, maybe the female decided she wanted to be the fabulous one for a day.

      • boweryboy

        That’s pretty much the same thing I said to him.

        • demidaemon


  • decormaven

    Number 9 (the one with moss green undertones) needs to be on Amy Adams for a daytime pre-Academy Awards ‘do. I like almost everything in the collection, and that is rare.

  • Wooley

    Love this collection. The ability to mix all those prints and textures together without having them fight each other is really incredible.

  • demidaemon

    This is actually pretty cool. Love the peacock feather dress.

  • raeb23

    love this…i’m a sucker for peacock feathers!

  • KStew and Audreybot, all over the place.

    Also, I really wanted to like this more, since she cited Mononoke as one of her influences…it just seems overwrought to me.

  • Alyssa

    This is a collection where I actually could see myself wearing some of the pieces in my normal life. I’ll take any and all of the leather pieces! 🙂

  • Aurumgirl

    Everyone seems to be equating the 80’s with the beaded/embroidered/bedazzled “sweaters” we would only ever see on grandmothers of advanced age. Very Palm Beach Matriarch, but not so much a thing with women under the age of 70. They seem to be in everyone’s collection these days.

    But maybe that’s just me.

  • Kent Roby

    I can’t un-see Killer Klown in #2, 5, and 6.

    • kimmeister

      Yes, I was seeing a giant stylized face too.

  • There’s a giant maroon grin at the bottom of one pattern that is freaking me out. But otherwise love.