Ocean images stir up Nicole Miller collection

NEW YORK (AP) - September 11, 2009 There were mashups and slashes - and some noteworthy asymmetrical dresses that had blocks of prints she called "riptide" and "ocean current" placed opposite chunks of black.

Body-conscious scuba-stretch styles, including a bra-top dress and biker shorts were for the woman with "the tougher edge" that she described in her notes for the editors, stylists and retailers at the Bryant Park tents.

Some of the most eye-catching looks, literally, were dresses with opalescent strips in shades of abalone that caught the lights above the runway just right.

Miller offered several styles of shorts: The biker style with ruching down the sides were likely the most wearable, especially when paired with motorcycle jackets. But pants with a one-sided drape, right at the hip, are unlikely to appeal to any woman who doesn't want to draw attention there.

The hips actually seem to be emerging as a point of interest at this round of fashion shows. Maybe they're the replacement for the strong shoulders so popular in the fall collections?

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