Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring ’11. Butterflies Are Free At Carlos Miele

September 13, 2010 • New York Fashion Week Spring '11

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Summary: The Carlos Meile Spring 2011 Collection was inspired by butterfies, which are fragile, beautiful and free and they don't fly on a straight line. The show opened with a female singer belting out Pink Floyd's Another Brick In The Wall to a strong wrap beat. The program noted that this song is an important reference for Carlos Meile, as he does not see walls in life but endless possibilities. It was refreshing to have a live performance during the runway show. The collection's inspiration was apparent in light flowy fabrics and bright colors. I loved the use of curved golden exposed zippers especially on the very fist look in off-white crepe and lime silk because the dress stayed so light and airy, even with the heavy hardware appliques. This same swirling technique of zipper applique was also used on a royal blue and a very bright coral red gown. The butterfly print on silk was beautiful and gave a resort feel to the collection. Several pieces of the line included coral red and off white color blocking which, to me, bordered on looking tacky. The show closed with series of pretty sheer black tulle gowns, which made me question "Who can wear these?" But they were beautiful and worked most successfully over a black halter lining that looked like a 40's glamor-girl swimsuit. The gold and nude footwear was also by Carlos Miele and the jewelry was by Ivanka Trump.

Color Palette: Off-white, lime, gold, s
ilver, navy, royal blue, coral, black, multicolored butterfly print on off white

Fabrics and Textures: silk, silk charmeuse, silk chiffon, silk jersey, crepe, denim, fluxico, zipper applique, embroidery, piping, chain applique, geometric embroidery,

Key Pieces: Off white crepe and lime silk charmeuse long dress with zipper applique, gold high heeled sandal; Butterfly print silk chiffon long kaftan, gold high heeled sandal; Black Jersey halter body, black tulle fluxico long skirt, gold leather high heel sandal.

— Carol Calacci

Photos: NYMag

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