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Nicole Miller S/S 2011

In an interesting twist, Nicole Miller’s Spring/Summer 2011 show began with a slew of white and ashy gray looks before progressing into black and printed ones.

In other words, this was the same progression we saw in fellow contemporary brand BCBG Max Azria’s collection.

While the BCBG looks were going in a more subtle direction, Nicole Miller used the palette to add more of an edge than one might have expected from the designer.

Miller’s offerings have changed quite a bit these past two seasons. Long known for straight edged dresses, she has been successfully expanding her designs, and her appeal has widened to include both a conservative and a more urban demographic.

This is particularly true for the cut-out, layered, and paneled pieces, as well as the tailored blazers the designer showed.

Movement, layering, sheer details (whether in paneling or full-on sheer separates), and painterly prints have already popped up everywhere, from John Patrick and Richard Chai to Ports 1961 and Christian Siriano.

With their repeat appearances in Miller’s show, they’re clearly shaping up to be key trends for the season.