Nicole Miller Reveals A Guilty Pleasure & Why Rihanna Has Standout Style

Nicole Miller is diving deeper into shoes. After re-entering the footwear category in spring ’14, the New York-based designer told Footwear News she will introduce platforms in bold colors and floral prints for the resort ’17 season — her first with new partner Eastman Footwear Corp. “We also updated several signature styles with Art Nouveau prints and are continuing with laser-cut styles,” said Miller. In addition, her label will add more weatherproof options to the mix: “Rain boots did really well for us last season, and I can’t wait to see what people think of the new styles.”

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Resort ’16 style.
CREDIT: Courtesy of brand

Overall, Miller said she was inspired by the “decorative elements of Art Nouveau, characterized by the juxtaposition of strong linear design and soft ornate florals.” To create a complete resort look, she paired the shoes with modern-day interpretations of 1940s ready-to-wear silhouettes — think high-waisted pieces, flowy knee-length dresses, A-line skirts and pleating techniques. Here, Miller shares her love for Rihanna’s bold sense of style and why ballet flats won’t make the cut in her collection.

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Resort ’16 style.
CREDIT: Courtesy of brand

Last book I read: ” ‘The Girl on the Train’ by Paula Hawkins.

Guilty pleasure: “Potato chips. Zapp’s are my favorite, but you can’t go wrong with Lay’s.”

Favorite era for fashion: “The 1960s, for sure — I loved Twiggy so much!”

Twiggy, photographed in May 1967 wearing an outfit from her own fashion collection.
CREDIT: Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Go-to shopping-spree spot: “London is one of my favorite places to shop. The department stores always have a great selection, as do the freestanding boutiques and vintage stores.”

My other dream career, besides designer: “A restaurateur.”

Celebrity with the best style: “Rihanna. Because she is fearless and always trying something new.”

Rihanna Celebrity Statement Shoes June 2016
June 2016: Rihanna was out and about in Los Angeles wearing denim Manolo Blahnik shoes from her collaboration with the brand.
CREDIT: REX Shutterstock.

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