Philadelphia University honored Nicole Miller with the Spirit of Design Award at its annual student fashion show Saturday.
The shy designer with two local boutiques was lauded for her easy-to-wear silhouettes that range from office-appropriate to super-sexy, as well as for her fabric innovation. Miller is a pioneer in working with stretch metallics and body-camouflaging fabrics. (No wonder her body-skimming ruched pencil skirts and evening gowns actually allow for breathing.)
Other innovations were on display as designers sent a cadre of wearable looks down the runway.
Fashion design students collaborated with textile students to create delicate knits, dip-dyed ombres, and electric tie-dyed pieces. Collections ranged from candy-colored A-line shapes to skinny futuristic looks in clean, shiny shades and monochromatic hues. Inspiration ranged from 1990s Ally McBeal silhouettes to the evil queen from Snow White and the Huntsman.