- Associated Press - Saturday, February 11, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) - Nicole Miller played on parallel times past and present, combining bright digital prints with rocker black, brown suede and velvet in a fall collection inspired by Jimi Hendrix.

Known for red carpet gowns worn by Angelina Jolie, Miller put together a New York Fashion Week runway evoking the `70s in color and cut. She put long fringe on the bottom of skirts, ruffles on silk blouses and alpaca trim on a vest and a black leather coat with a metallic brocade.

“I’m inspired by the freedom and power I see all around us, popular culture particularly,” Miller said. “My designs this season have a certain vintage feel, with a modern and feminine twist.”

One of her digital prints was a feather design in a light mossy green. Another featured garden flowers and a third was a neon plaid in pink, orange and a touch of blue against black in a velvet trouser. Miller carried the same print into a mini skirt.


She mixed her flowers with a blocky jewel print in a stretchy dress and used bright jewels to embellish tops and clutch bags held by models, some of whom walked in floppy wide-brimmed hats.

“I love blending modern technology and old techniques,” Miller said in her notes. “Felting of all kinds has long been an obsession.”

Miller also made use of patchwork in a suede short and a silk georgette blouse.