As the lights dimmed before Nicole Miller’s energetic spring show, the automated MTA voice announcement that New York City subway riders are well-versed with — “And the next stop is Fulton Street…” — played loudly over the speakers. Then a young break-dancer, much like the ones seen performing on trains, stormed the runway for a quick warm-up.
It was all part of Miller’s state of mind. For spring, she looked to the streets, capturing the grit of the city with a colorful graffiti theme. “My customer does like pretty,” the designer said. “But she’s also got this tough edge.” The opening look was a sheath dress decorated with a graffiti-and-brick print, and other standout pieces featured vibrant scribbles and paint drips.
Miller closed the show with three bold, printed sequin dresses for evening for the more daring of wearers. But the most street-smart looks, and the strongest in the lineup, had a casual athletic vibe, like a camouflage leather bomber jacket worn with stretch cargo pants and a sequin T-shirt.