2007 September 6

Carlos Miele - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2008

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(NEW YORK) Brazilian Miele is known for his long, spectacular dresses clearly inspired by his Latin roots. Although stunning on the runway, Miele’s gowns have so far failed to become red-carpet choices, perhaps because their theatricality doesn't quite make a modern statement. This season, the designer’s efforts were more focused and carefully edited, and his floor-sweeping gowns looked best when they were form-fitting and monochromatic, like two ruched, strapless dresses in orange and white. The romantic ruching was a staple detail in this collection, showing up on another long, flesh-toned dress, a long, grey skirt, and an off-white mini. The fabrics and colors were in tune with the season’s trends—bright green and orange satins alternated with white and cream chiffons, lace, and knits. As his brand grows, what Miele is trying to find are the right silhouettes that express his animated sensibility yet appeal to an international audience. He did so most successfully when he paired delicate tops with long skirts that brought to mind flamenco dancers, but some of the dresses and separates he showed were too classic or too loud to appeal to a contemporary, hip customer.