September 8, 2006
New York City
Many designers aren't worth their weight in gold, but Nicole Miller isn't one of them. In fact, this season like a little pixie, she dusted gold all throughout her collection. For a brief moment, Miller transformed the Promenade in Bryant Park to a miniature Mayan metropolis. Inspired by a recent trip to Tulum, Mexico and the Mayan ruins, Miller chose Mayan Calendar prints as the staple theme for her Spring 2007 show. For those lucky enough to get a gift bag a scarf in the same lively print was given as a token of appreciation for attending.
When I am looking for a reliable source to spruce up my closet I always head for the local Nicole Miller boutique. Miller's faithful outpourings of wear-to-work wardrobe pieces are like the perfect fruit, always in season. With this collection I knew I would be going back again. For example, a dusty oatmeal crocheted dress and silk ottoman smock dress in a Santos print really caught my eye. Also, in Miller's Mayan procession were petite minis, feminine blouses, light fabric jackets and simple tunic shirt-dresses. Some designs were more playful, like a clay colored off the shoulder jumpsuit and others were more serious like a gold blouson dress with applique sleeves.
For Miller her ability to pull off energetic and animated prints has almost become her signature, but there is always a fine line a designer must follow to keep from going overboard. To a stunning effect Miller used loose draping and rouching techniques to quiet some of the bold designs. She also carefully chose a palette of primary hues, solid clay, oatmeal and peridot green paired alongside contemporary whites and soft chartreuse proved a perfect cocktail of color.
Big, plump purses were paired alongside many of the silhouettes along with the occasional cut-out leather belt. Long gold necklaces and large hoop earrings made the perfect accessory and symbol of Miller's Mayan theme. Makeup by James Kaliardos complemented the models' skin with dark powder to serve as a bronzer while keeping the cheeks and lips light. Kaliardos turned the eye into a modern Mayan mosaic with gold and copper tones for the upper eye and metallic turquoise underneath. Hair was pulled back away from the face, allowing the stern makeup to wink through.
Miller wanted to create a futuristic view on an ancient society, asking 'Are you ready for the post-modern Mayan?' All I know is that Rome wasn't built in a day, but I'm pretty sure I could build a small Mayan capital in one. All I need is a Nicole Miller boutique and a blueprint of must-haves and I can start hammering away.