09/07/2013 09:09 EDT | Updated 11/07/2013 05:12 EST

Nicole Miller finds fashion week runway power in patchwork of prints

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Nicole Miller's springtime fashion statement hinges on a patchwork of gardens, mazes, chandeliers and shattered mirrors. Forget subtly.

It's "the gardens of Versailles and storming the castle," Miller said in her notes to the crowd on Friday at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center.

The first look out was a slim sheath covered in a zigzag mix of flowers, shattered glass and stripes — and touches of "powernet," sort of like a mesh.

Many of the super-skinny jeans that followed were distressed, and they were paired with a beaded denim jacket or crinkled leather one. A scoop-neck dress dotted with with sequins of bright teal, pink and purple was topped with a black neoprene vest.

Miller named her collection "Rebels With a Cause," and offered a tagline: "Power Meets Pretty."

This runway took a turn from the more delicate direction other designers have been going in the early going of these seasonal previews.

Still, there were more serene moments, especially a faint floral-print trenchcoat and an airy ivory-colored dress with scroll embroidery and printed pleats.


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