Monday, February 20, 2012

Carlos Miele Fall / Winter 2012

Left: Black crepe bolero with tarnished gold metal embellishment, chartreuse geometric print silk charmeuse dress with pleated detail
Right: Black crepe Amazona jacket, black rustic leather belt with metal grommets and coin applique, black and white geometric sequin pencil skirt

Carlos Miele Fall / Winter 2012 centers around the women from Rio Grande do Sul and culture of Southern Brazil. His geometric prints are inspired by the patterns of traditional gaucho sashes and ponchos, while the organic print references the native feline, gato dos pampas. The rich natural landscape is seen through gold and natural tones.

The collection features sleek silhouettes that highlight the female form. Miele creates refined volumes and textures handicraft techniques such as woven tiras, metal embroidery and overlays of different fabrics.

I always find Carlos Miele's dresses to be sexy and carefree, while exuding a natural elegance in vibrant, eye-catching prints. My favorites included the silk charmeuse geometric print dress and gown in fuchsia and the pampa print silk chiffon gowns. The looks were paired with nude and black open toe booties with leather tiras and metal edged fringe.

Hair looks from this show, styled by Rodney Cutler for the Salon at Ulta Beauty, are my favorite of all the shows I've attended. The look is effortless and simple with natural waves and curls. The shiny and smooth, silky texture represents hair I would want everyday.

Pampa print dress in silk charmeuse with draped tiras detail

Left: Sand silk charmeuse gown with wide woven tiras and iridescent insets
Right: Black silk charmeuse and lamé gown with woven tiras bodice and cap sleeves

Left: Fuchsia geometric print dress in silk charmeuse with pleated detail and gold lamé insets
Right: Fuchsia geometric print gown in silk charmeuse with pleated detail, fuchsia geometric print silk chiffon long sleeve top

Left: Pampa print silk chiffon gown with beaded shoulder detail, black leather belt with grommets and laced tiras detail
Right: Pampa print gown in silk chiffon with white silk charmeuse underlay


- Kim Weling

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