There was a specific reason Nicole Miller designed most of her pre-fall Artelier lineup in black and ivory. “We used so much color for spring,” she said, “I felt I needed a palette cleanser.” The designer used a piano-key motif as her main inspiration, abstracting it and turning it into an optical pattern, which was beaded on a T-shirt and rendered in a double-knit for a body-hugging dress, its back and sleeves in a contrast floral jacquard. Miller also amped up prints and textures elsewhere: a raffia jacket with tweed sleeves topped a graphic kaleidoscopic dress, and a T-shirt with leather details was teamed with a denim and calfskin skirt.

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