Nicole Miller’s designs first hit the New York runway fashion scene in 1991, and after 18 years of presenting her women’s ready to wear collection, Miller still has one of the most highly anticipated shows of the season. ESSENCE.com followed the fashionable footsteps of the veteran design star as she prepared for her spring 2010 show at the Salon in Bryant Park. Find out what makes this fashion mogul mom tick.
Interviewed By Qianna Smith
Runway Review By Gwen Covington
Get the scoop on 3 things you would never guess about Nicole Miller.
1) “I’m very adventurous,” says the designer, who went to trapeze school this summer.
2) Miller is also big on water sports and enjoyed water skiing and wake boarding during the hot summer months.
3) “I feed all my friends with clams and had too many clam dinners,” says Miller on her new found clamming hobby.
“The way the world is going, so many brands are celebrity brands. I feel bad for kids in design school that don’t either have connections or money. They are going to be in the backroom designing for someone else’s name. There’s going to be more socialites and celebrities creating clothing lines and fewer real designer labels, and that’s a shame.”
Nicole Miller’s brand encompasses everything from women’s ready to wear, bridal, home décor, to eyewear and accessories. When asked, if she plans to expand her line into any other market Miller shared, “We’ve never really focused on sportswear. Whenever I ship pants to my stores they always sell out, and I’ve not been focusing on it and I think it’s time to.”