Nicole Miller took an exciting, yet distinctly restrained route to her pre-fall 2016 line, drawing inspiration from iconic music festivals, and more specifically, the era around Woodstock and the unmistakable fashion that comes to mind when one thinks of that time. “It’s all I remember from those days, girls wearing fluid dresses with army jackets and florals,” Miller told WWD. “It’s very utilitarian boho.”
Saying she simply “drew inspiration” from the fashion era would be an understatement, however. She took specific looks that would blend right into the scene, but gave them twists to create a new purpose for the trends. The Nicole Miller pre-fall 2016 collection seems to be a memory-filled line, where Miller is reminiscing in the fashion of this time. She found her inspiration, took it to a literal place, and then toned it down from there, creating looks that would be just as suited for Coachella as they would for Woodstock.
Flower power is a welcome element of nostalgia to this collection, and one that hasn’t lost its force in the fashion world today. There will always be a place for this genre of apparel, and Miller is playing into that role beautifully. One such instance of the beautiful florals at play was in a midi-dress. The simple dress may have appeared frumpy, if not for the small but notable cutout at the center, breaking the uniform fabric, and giving a more fun, flirty look to the garment.
Even the casting stayed true to the theme at hand. Miller decided to cast one model for all of her looks, and she embodied exactly what the clothes aimed to represent, which is likely why Miller decided on the one model. Long, free, wavy hair and a laidback attitude were what these clothes really needed, and against the chosen backdrop, we were all transported back to the ‘60s and ‘70s. All of the photos were in front of a room’s corner, with a large floral patterned carpet. This subtle choice speaks much louder than any other setting could have, and so the clothes were further pushed into the era.
While many of the clothes did follow the bohemian theme, there were others that could be easily translated for a different fashion sense, as long as the styling was tweaked. For instance, the purple midi-dress with fully pleated skirt could easily be recreated by swapping the strappy heels for a simple pair of pumps, and with some possible tweaks to hair and makeup you could have a beautiful look for a dinner party or evening event.
So even though the musical festival spirit is strong in the Nicole Miller pre-fall 2016 collection, you don’t need to be a flower child to see the potential for versatility among the garments in the line.
Photos courtesy of Vogue