For fall, Nicole Miller made a departure from her usual dress-filled collections and churned out a casual, separates-heavy lineup with futuristic, sci-fi inspiration. 

“We’ve all been living in this crazy, weird time and I’ve been reading a lot of newspapers and kept reading UFO articles, they were all over,” the designer remarked over Zoom. 

Shying away from the whimsical element of space (besides a few little heat-pressed planets and spaceships on a black sweatshirt), Miller leaned into techy fabrics, with a palette of space-y grays, blacks (with swirled, cosmic blues, greens and purples) and splashes of shine through metallics and sparkles (in addition to shiny bags made from recycled Whole Foods pouches).

The look: Ultra-casual (and athleisure) fashions with an unexpected, sci-fi spirit. 

Quote of note: “I was feeling like getting out of the mode I was in. In the spring, I was very DIY, but now we’re back to the future: looking forward to the future and cosmos, with things being better. It’s a bit of an escapist quality.”

Key looks: A lightweight jacket and fluid skirt with swirled cosmos print; technical jumpsuits; a knit dress with UFO motif under classic leather jacket; lounge pants and leggings with cargo pockets and details. 

The takeaway: Although the collection emphasized quarantine’s ongoing cozy casual “uniform,” Miller’s quirky, space-inspired twists and intriguing look book photography lighting gave the styles a playful sensibility.

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