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NICOLE MILLER FALL 2013

Nicole Miller: NYFW staple; Respected brand name; Series of successful collections; Ecclectic.

We could probably stop the review with that line, as this collection hasn't strayed from those stated facts about Miller's work. Specifically we got a cool rock n' roll vibe -- that's been fairly ubiquitous for fairly too many seasons. If you want the honest truth, it felt a bit like watered down Frida Gianni for Gucci. Was it enjoyable? Yes. Will people buy it? To be sure. Will Miller be able to continue her fashion empire, to design for another season? Yeah.

This was enjoyable to see, there wasn't necessarily anything wrong with it. Black chiffon blouson tops, sexy skinny pants and leggings, fitted jackets, pops of color in the form of abstract and floral prints all added up to the kind of cool androgyny people expect to see at New York. There was one standout piece that we wish Miller might have further explored: Look 43. An expertly tailored and constructed v-neck, drop waist maxi dress. The play on tuxedo detailing and the simplicity of the cut could have made for an unexpected foray into masculine/feminine attributes. It could have also ushered in a collection that allowed itself to be edited of extraneous details that don't add anything particularly new or exciting to the fashion conversation.

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