Is it time for a vacation? Nicole Miller’s spring 2015 collection at NY Fashion Week gave us all an escape to a tropical fantasy. The backdrop was full of palm trees. The runway itself was a black and white geometric print that echoed the graphic patterns of the collection.
Mixed prints were clearly the main theme of the collection. Pineapples, bananas, botanical motifs brought out an island atmosphere with colors of bright yellow, red, orange, blue and green. Meanwhile, black and white was presented in bold stripes of different scales, waves and palm trees. The striking patterns were often paired with a sheer insert on dresses or tops.
There were short shorts and slim cigarette pants. However, the most popular silhouettes were knee length skirts that were fitted, flirty or full, as a separate or a dress. There were a few cotton blazers in either white solid cotton or one of the floral prints.
Intricate embellishments of the same tropical motifs were embroidered onto more elegant pieces. Large-scale pineapples were knit into a complex intarsia placement on the body.
Handbags were in the form of old-school travel suitcases, complete with destination stickers. Fruity charm jewelry mirrored the prints and gave a whimsical vibe. Shoes were custom matched to the clothing with the same tropical or black and white prints. They were chunky heeled sandals with wide straps. The shoes that happened to be solid leather were actually embossed with the running pineapple motif.
My guess is that Nicole Miller’s message for spring 2015 is to welcome them to paradise…
photos by Mariana Leung