Written by KARA WEYMOUTH/Associate Style Editor
Runway Images by CHERYL GORSKI/www.fashionmaniac.com
Is there anything more inspiring than a child’s imagination? Brazilian designer, Carlos Miele, found inspiration in his son’s drawings of Technicolor animals after an excursion to the zoo. Before the show, Carlos told Style.Com, “I wanted to create a hallucination jungle.” Mission accomplished!
Miele’s collections have never been for the faint of heart. Since launching his signature label in 2002, he has become known for his bright, sexy dresses that add movement to a woman’s body. Celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Karolina Kurkova, Blake Lively, and Beyonce have all worn his creations; Carlos Miele is bombshell dressing at its best.
If you like animal prints, and shockingly bright colors, than Miele’s Spring/Summer 2013 output is your fantasy come to life. It’s a busy collection, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Carlos has a knack for creating shapes that hug and flatter a woman’s curves no matter how loud the print on the dress. His Brazilian background is clear (in fact he still calls Sao Paulo home) so it makes sense that many of his pieces wouldn’t look out of place on the beach.
But the collection faltered when he attempted a more urban look for day. Early in the show, for example, some of the pieces were pretty but felt dated. Separately, the tulip shaped jersey skirt and chiffon blouse are nice but together they seem a bit predictable. Others such as his silk pants and sexy green wrap blouse was just confusing. Most of all, it’s seriously hard to picture a modern woman wearing pleated, print pants.
Also, for a hallucinogenic jungle, there seemed to be a lot of black. These pieces, while nice, were some of the weakest moments. Carlos Miele’s strength remains gorgeous, red carpet-worthy gowns and he rose to the occasion in magnificent form. Particularly stunning was a nude, silk chiffon and charmeuse confection that flowed down the runway like water. The long sleeved, mini-version is sure to be fought over by younger starlets! Another standout, one that I wouldn’t be surprised to see on tonight’s Golden Globes red carpet, was a dress with acid greens and zebra print, on a flowing but sexy shape, which perfectly encapsulates the Carlos Miele aesthetic.
Carlos Miele is available online and at the Carlos Miele Flagship in the Meatpacking District, 408 W. 14th St, New York City.