The Nicole Miller Spring/Summer 2011 collection debuted at 82 Mercer Friday night just as Fashion's Night Out was getting underway and hordes of model types in six-inch stilettos were getting underfoot (or, more accurately, I was getting underfoot--wearing sensible flats, glasses, and a cardigan I must have looked to the fashion crowd not unlike Brainy Smurf or one of the Doozers from Fraggle Rock).
But model envy went out the window when I arrived at the top of a very steep flight of stairs to discover that I had a front row seat! My first ever! It even had my name on it, so naturally I stole the sign. Is that wrong?
After a few minutes I noticed flashbulbs going off at the other end of the runway--a sure sign of celebrity presence--so I shamelessly left my (FRONT ROW) seat and wandered down to see who it was (Perrey Reeves, who plays "Mrs. Ari" on Entourage; I also spotted nameplates for Nina Garcia and Mad Men's Allison Brie).
The collection itself was largely neutral, extremely ethereal, and defied the wearing of bras (I spotted more than one set of nipples). Almost every look was punctuated by long, sheer trains or sheer knee-length culottes (yes, really). The show ended with some very striking printed dresses and separates, after which throngs of models, celebrities, and Doozers alike attempted to squeeze down the stairs and out onto the street to begin the evening's festivities.