Nicole Miller finds inspiration from her days at the Rhode Island School of Design in the Seventies — or rather, her wardrobe back then. “We used to wear these Forties vintage dresses with military jackets,” recalled Miller, who offers an updated take that feels fresh. Dresses with inside-out floral prints work the chic side of retro, while army jackets and khakis add structural contrast. Even the swirling abstract patterns on the draped tops stem from her college years, featuring the work of glass sculptor Dale Chihuly, who taught at the school.

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