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Boston Fashion Week '11: M. Miller show review by Belinda Ancion

Posted on September 28, 2011 at 11:10 PM

September 27, 2011 - It's a beautiful fall evening that feels more like a summer evening and I'm making my way to view the M. Miller Winter 2011-2012 Collection for Boston Fashion Week. Upon entering the Mandarin Oriental to sign in, you are greeted by the sophisticated MIZU Salon. Need to visit them and see what they can offer a girl like me...one day! The registration was quick an easy...got my VIP bracelet!!!! So let's check the VIP reception area sponsored by VitaminWater, Stella Artois, Alex and Ani, The Paper Store, Adamas Fine Jewelry, Grey Goose, and Sweet cupcakes (they were delicious) and a Sephora set up, which provided the female attendees complimentary make over and touch-ups. I almost stepped up to get myself dolled up but I already had my makeup on. The guests mixed and mingle in the beautiful lounge area until it was time to across the corridors to enter The TENT.

Strategically located on the outside area of one of the Prudential's zen seating garden spaces, The TENT provided a different and much needed feel to the Boston's Fashion Week. We are talking upscale runway setting as seen on TV when visions of NY, Paris, and Milan (okay, a smaller version without the eye level catwalk) are being discussed in terms of new collections. I am excited!! A white tent with rows of clear chairs and two rows of solid white chairs for very important people within Boston fashion world and a polished white runway...cool, clean, and classy!! Jay Calderin, Founder & Executive Director, had given us insight on during a segment taping of what was to come for this year. All I can say is Jay, to you and your team: THANK YOU!!!!

Now let's talk fashion!!! This was a ski lovers and snow bunnies kind of collection!! M. Miller collection consisted of skiwear with the signature fur trims, accessories, and footwear. First up...white on white, fits perfectly with the setting of The TENT. The whites wear crisp and fresh like fresh undisturbed snow on a mountain peak during winter!! The fur trimmings provided just enough texture and warmth to the look and the whole line, hence the signature of this husband and wife designer team!! Then out popped the colors...reds, orange (really a bright blood orange to me) and fuchsia. These colors wear delicious among the white setting, just imagine how you would look while skiing on the hills ;-)!!! The colors of the line were chocolate brown with brown fur trim, blackest black with black fur trim, and steel silver with grey fur trim. An additional color was introduced and once it came out, all you heard was 'oooh' 'awww' and 'what would you call that color'...oh maybe that was all me LOL!! Imagine a piece of charcoal dipped in blue or the blue color, a river seen under the moonlight...something like that. This was my favorite in terms of color for the night...even the signature fur trim was the same color!!!

Now what's a M. Miller collection without just a fur line? The full collection also offered a fur vest, a fur overlay and my favorite the fur poncho. With the variety of coats and jackets, there were a variety of pants as well. I appreciated the boot cut pants as well as the skinny leg cuts that can be easily tucked into the various fur trim boots...LOVE IT!!!! After a few minutes, out came Mark Miller and his wife, Miyuki Tachibana to receive their standing ovation from the audience. AWESOME!!!

The models were tall, gorgeous and did a fabulous job presenting the designers. Advice to the one model, and girl, you know are, please lose the bounce. At first it was cute, second time kind a cute, by the third time on the catwalk it was a bit bothersome but way to stand out among the others. Kudos to the only male model representing for the collection. He certainly had a few fans by the end of the night. Men, you will look good skiing or snuggling with your snow bunny while rocking matching colors or just simply matching the perfection of the clean lines of this collection.

The music was fun, current and just right!!! The MC did a good job of setting the pace and loved the sound advice for the ladies in front row "Please uncross your legs" whether it was for the sake of pictures or not tripping the models or both...LOL!! The ushers did a fab job of getting everyone seated and getting me to my VIP seat within seconds of entering The TENT. Oh and how can I forget my M. Miller gift bag, which contained a look book catalog of the collection just seen, a M. Miller baseball cap, and M. Miller lip moisturizer....love the branding! Mark Miller I will remember you LOL!!! With that, my VIP bracelet was cut off and back into the warm fall night I went. Hmm, did someone say a Sak Fifth gift bag?? I seem to be missing mine...please locate that for me, thanks!!

Fashionably Yours,

Belinda A.

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