“We were all excited about this fancy camping idea,” Nicole Miller said over Zoom. The day before, the designer and her team had taken the ferry to Governor’s Island’s newly luxed-up glamping locale to shoot her latest collection. Looking into resort, Miller wanted to bring forth the optimistic spirit, as well as the idea of a vacation getaway. “Early on we were in that direction and then after doing a lot of research into locations — in the end, this was the closest and most accessible.”
The look: Casual utility mixed with just enough feminine flair.
Quote of note: “It brought out the tomgirl in me, this collection,” she explained, later adding, “I combined everything feminine with something a bit tougher, I love the contrast.”
Key pieces: An emphasis on dresses — ranging from slightly boho frocks styled with rubber boots and a safari dress to a standout camouflage mini jacket dress. The updated camouflage print was a new innovation for the designer — she injected a little blue into the colorway, added subliminal little animals on top and printed it atop a new cotton ripstop fabric. Utilitarian looks head to toe — a clam digger pant, triple-needle stitched dresses and separates, cotton ripstop and redone military jackets and more.
The takeaway: The collection brought forth Miller’s strengths of contrasting a tough edge with femininity, in an accessible way. The location rounded out the idea of an outdoor adventure road trip.