A designer firmly rooted in his Brazilian culture, Carlos Miele delighted us this season with a gorgeous salute to his homeland, specifically the gauchas (cowgirls) of his native homeland. I hadn’t even had a chance to see the liner notes when I raced to my seat right before lights went down (I was covering backstage beauty – a story I’ll share shortly) and the first look came out in beautiful crepe riding pants, an embroidered belted cape and a flat gaucho hat. The theme was clear and I was on board for the entire journey.
Miele was able to do something that I feel some designers struggle with, which is the ability to create a central theme based on a cultural reference without going into costume territory. The references made with fabric and fur capes whipping down the runway, native-inspired embroidery..
…gorgeous prints and colors that seemed inspired the land itself – rich sea blues, floral magentas, blazing sun hues, warm sands and earth tones.
Miele paid homage to his birthright and it was a spectacular collection to behold. As someone who plans on investing in some great cocktail and day-to-night options for fall, I plan on at least a couple of Miele’s pieces making it into my own wardrobe. I hope you will consider doing the same.