Carlos Miele is a designer I haven’t heard of, mainly because he’s known in the US and not over in Europe. Hailing from Brazil, this season’s show was inspired by Pink Floyd’s eponymous track, “Another Brick in the Wall” – which Brazilian born, New York based singer Bebel Gilberto performed a very blissful, chilled out version of this classic.
Complemented by jewellery by Ivanka Trump, Miele’s collection featured beautiful sheer gowns in a multitude of brights, along with butterfly printed drapey tops and dresses. Miele chose the butterfly for this collection, as “Few creatures embody the state of being carefree as perfectly as the ever-flitting butterfly” – which was nice, but whenever I think of butterflies, I think of Mariah Carey. (I do love Mariah though).
The palette ranged from coral and cobalt blue and the collection also had cute boxy jackets, zip detail crop tops and high waisted trousers and shorts.
Carlos Miele’s show was hosted at the Main Stage at Lincoln Center, where NYFW has moved to from Bryant Park. It is very conveyor belt, where you print your e-invite, get scanned, pass 1 level of security and receive a receipt, then get your receipt scanned again, and pass your second level of security, then you’re seated. Did feel a bit like I was on a conveyor belt. Seat allocation works in NY. Not so much in London. It’s a beautiful space, and fitted the collection very well.
Front row was some reality TV stars, who someone had to tell me who they were. One was Kristin Cavallari from The Hills, where I went up to her and took a MySpace picture. Unfortunately the zoom was on so it came out badly.
I probably shouldn’t have told her that I didn’t know who she was. Opposite was Olivia Palermo, who I do know who she is, having seen MTV adverts with her in it and her having an article in Glamour. All I gotta say, girl needs to eat some avocado and some bread with butter on it. She was skinnier than the models walking down that runway. But thankfully, it wasn’t all mock slebs; I was sitting opposite Carine Roitfeld, which made me get all giddy. She is someone I admire greatly, in the world of fashion and outside of it too.
To conclude, the collection was sensual without being overtly sexy, and beautifully made. There were even classy cargo pants. There were a few hit and miss pieces for me, namely the sheer cobweb dresses, but all in all, I’m glad to have discovered this Brazilian maestro. His SS11 collection is thankfully, not necessarily trend driven, but is a collection that everyone will find something to love.