The surprise of it all was almost as fun as the clothes themselves. Nicole Miller, whose Spring/Summer 2011 collection was a muted and minimalist parade of white, beige, and black, turned her 2012 runway show into an explosion of color.
Miller showed a party-ready collection on Friday that was anything but restrained. The electro-pop soundtrack (bonus points for the inclusion of the buzzy classic "A Cause Des Garcons") or the program notes, which included modifiers such as "circa 1985," were almost unnecessary. Miller's collection was youthful and her palette filled with exuberant pink and sunshine yellow, blocked and splashed into patterns.
All was influenced by bicycles. Some pieces, such as a Neoprene jacket, took the influence too far. But this was a hugely successful leap for Miller. Her banquet of periwinkle and teal was a welcome change.
And, a music history lesson that gave the show some of it's teen spirit: "A Cause Des Garcons"