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AP Fashion Writer

Nicole Miller aimed to demonstrate with her spring collection, previewed for retailers, stylists and editors on the runways of the Bryant Park tents, that cheerfulness and sophistication are not mutually exclusive.

The vibe at her show Friday night at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week was playful–thanks to a color palette that ranged from teal to coral and prints inspired by the good-luck symbols from voodoo flags. She said she wanted to capture the passion of the street during Carnival.

Dresses are Miller’s specialty and she didn’t disappoint with draped silhouettes that followed an emerging trend of casual elegance. The best ones included a scarf-print jersey one, a purple racer-back gown and a green-yellow linen viscose gown with one strap beaded with crystals.

"Asymmetrical day dresses twist and curve just above the knee. The shirt is also wrapped with stretch and becomes a body-conscious dress," Miller explained in her notes. "Deep color hand-drawn signature prints on evening dresses are dramatic; or in single lustrous colors that flow."

Miller also offered up chic spring coats, including a short-sleeve, sun-burnt orange leather jacket and a gray stiff-cotton raincoat with an asymmetrical ruffle across the front.

On some pieces, though, Miller went overboard with fabric, putting a giant ruffle on the shoulder of tops that she called spirit wings. Also, cropped harem pants with too-roomy thighs and a tight band just below the knee would be hard for any woman without model legs to pull off.

Photos courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.