NY Fashion Week Fall ’08. Carlos Miele’s Brilliant Brazilian Restraint

February 6, 2008 • New York Fashion Week Fall '08








Summary: According to Carlos Miele his passion for contemporary architecture was the underlying theme of the show. He was inspired by the manner in which architecture relates to the body. This ‘architectural skin’ protects and reveals the human body. However, Miele’s Brazilian roots are always present so his signature splash of color and textures were more than present. The yin and yang of architecture and splash produced a more fluid and refined show then we have ever seen from Miele. He molded gowns into wrapped, draped and twisted colorful fluid pieces that formed to the body. Yet, he also worked with texture when it came to pleating on coats, jackets, some dresses and skirts. We loved his sculptural chunky cropped cable knits with giant asymmetrical cowl necks which was a surprise coming from a Brazilian (what does he know of cold?).

Color Palette:
off-white, beige, yellow, tangerine, red, cognac, emerald, blue, navy, olive, grey, silver, brown, black

Textures & Details: charmeuse, chiffon, cotton, silk shantung, pleated satin, taffeta, cashmere, wool, wool tweed, knit, rabbit fur, mink, silver fox, embroidered lace, ostrich leather belts

Key Looks: brown fox fur patchwork bolero with a brown wool minidress and beige cashmere short sleeve sweater; red charmeuse strapless short dress; grey charmeuse high-waisted pencil skirt with pleated detail and black ostrich leather belt; beige coat in pleated satin chiffon over wool; black taffeta and off-white print charmeuse long dress with vine embroidery detail; grey wool tweed coat with silver fox cuffs and hem; two shades of blue charmeuse gown with pleated detail; grey silk with metal thread gown with bubble effect

Images: New York Magazine

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