Raiding her boyfriend’s closet can afford a girl a pretty good wardrobe — if she pilfers selectively and adds her own sexy touches. That was the ruse behind Nicole Miller’s fall collection, and it made for an impressive showing. The beau of Miller’s imagination has a sartorial range from band jackets to riffs on tuxedo dressing, which the designer demonstrated with savvy control while adding sizzle via paneled body-con dresses.

But then, Miller knows how to work a reference in a manner suited to her cosmopolitan customer. These clothes played commercial against cool quite well, whether the skinny suits and diamond-patterned jacquard pants or the assortment of knits and pretty florals, which added a touch of softness to the mostly mannish fare.

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