Accessory Apiary Nicole Miller Spring 2014 RTW

Among the New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014 standouts: Oscar de la Renta (as usual), Zac Posen (whose lovely collection won full marks in my book, and an entire column last week), Monique Lhuillier (extraordinary color palette), and Nicole Miller. The lattermost deserves mention because her 39 designs showcased not only an edgy-yet-graceful sensibility, but because Ms. Miller is keen on accessories. Models were bedecked with multi-strand necklaces (pearls and oversized beads were the most popular materials), translucent statement earrings, and assertive punk-style cuffs. This week’s Accessory Apiary is dedicated to accessories inspired by Ms. Miller’s Spring 2014 RTW collection.

Piece #1: Through the Looking Glass

Laser Beam Earrings NastyGal

Translucent and/or cream-colored beading took center stage in Ms. Miller’s designs. It’s a smart move, given the aggressive patterns and colors of many separates and dresses in the collection. Iridescence can be similarly helpful; it can accompany bold colors and prints seamlessly, while standing out on its own. The laser beam earrings from Nasty Gal will both dazzle and play second fiddle.


  • Post back
  • Length: 2”
  • Width: 0.75”
  • Imported

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Piece #2: Purple Power

Edge Paint Purple Faux Leather Satchel Topshop

Some of the sleeveless dresses resemble the galaxy, with its glimmering hues of cerulean, cobalt, and yellow. A satchel in a unifying color would be best in this situation – this edge paint faux leather satchel from Topshop will do the trick. Its deep, jewel-tone purple shade (pardon the pun) nods to a strong color, but plays well with the multicolored palette in this collection.


  • Dimensions: 10” (width) x 7 ½” (height) x 3” (depth); strap drop: 2”; shoulder strap drop: 20” – 24”
  • Magnetic snap closure
  • Interior zip and wall pockets
  • PVC
  • Imported

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Piece #3: At the Pearly Gates

Vintage Pearl Bangle Watch ASOS

While the collection’s rock ‘n roll philosophy is evident (with some David Bowie-style glam, too), Ms. Miller did not neglect feminine prints, silhouettes, and materials. Many of her designs were paired with strands of pearls, creamy beaded necklaces and dangly vintage-inspired earrings. If you do decide on one of the edgier designs, round off the sharpness with a vintage pearl bangle watch from ASOS. It’s a small but lovely detail, and you won’t lose any street cred.


  • Watch by New Look
  • Round face with three sub dials
  • Triple hand movement
  • Single crown to side
  • Embellished strap
  • Adjustable open ends

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Piece #4: Neutral+Bold=Sold

Regalia Drop Earrings Banana Republic

Some of Ms. Miller’s collection dabbles in neutrals (a khaki-colored dress with a zig-zagging ribbon pattern, a flirty layered white blouse, beaded pale gray dress), and there’s no better territory than in which to play with color. Your style can take center stage here, so you could opt for something as simple as gold studs, but I’m aiming for these regalia drop earrings from Banana Republic. Navy blue and red is always a winning combination, but the addition of spring green is truly charismatic.


  • Base metal setting
  • Imitation gold plated
  • Glass stones
  • Surgical steel post

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Piece #5: Flap(per) Chic

Large Flap Crossbody Bag Olivia + Joy

I gotta admit, I worked backwards on this one: this gorgeous carroty large flap crossbody by Olivia + Joy caught my eye before I connected it to Ms. Miller’s collection. Luckily, the designer is fond of a bold rose print in white, deep pink, and, hurrah, orange. It’ll complete the look the same way as the Topshop bag, but in an entirely different color neighborhood.


  • Chain strap
  • Flap closure with a magnetic snap
  • Textile-lined interior
  • Shell: 100% PVC; lining: 100% polyester
  • Imported
  • 12.5” (width) x 11” (height) x 2” (depth)
  • Strap length: 18”

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How have you been inspired by the Nicole Miller Spring 2014 RTW collection?

About Nandini Balial: I grew up in India, with an arty theatrical hippie mum who used to make her own jewelry, and vibrant patterns and materials – always on display at any relative’s wedding – quickly caught my attention.  Once I moved to Texas, I had to reconcile the ornate silks, mirrored scarves and silver hoops with glittery Coco Chanel earrings and Ralph Lauren polos. I’m still most comfortable in a vegetable/fruit-dye print cotton shirt and jeans, but my accessories will always vary. I proudly maintain that clothes are expensive and can’t always be mixed n’matched, but accessories are (on average) a bit cheaper, and can always move across your wardrobe (with/without irony). If you ever run across a fun accessory find, e-mail me with the details (and a photo, if possible), and I’ll try to include it in a future column.