Carlos Miele Spring 2011

Where & When: Monday, September 13 at 11 a.m., the Stage, Lincoln Center
Runway Recap: Designers' show notes are always entertaining--sometimes they give true insight into the collection, sometimes they're totally bizarre and conceptual. Miele's stated that he was inspired by butterflies and their lack of boundaries, which, as far as show notes go, was pretty straightforward. The theme came across both literally (colorful butterfly-print dresses) and more abstractly, in expertly fitted gowns with simple lines radiating from the hip and a sequined bolero featured a pattern that echoed butterfly wings. Miele's designs often project a sexy-tough air, but this was one of his softest, prettiest collections in recent memory, and the change of pace was lovely.
Standout Look: It was exhilarating to see the many ways in which Miele interpreted the butterfly theme, but my favorite was this coral silk sheath dress, trailing a gorgeous swath of ruffle like a wing flapping in the air. And get ready to wear this color--an orangey-red--because it's been all over the runways this week.
Bonus Points: Brazilian star Bebel Gilberto performed a bossa-nova cover of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall" live. I'm still not sure what a song about rebellion had to do with the butterfly theme (the program notes mention that Miele "does not see walls in life"), but it was a novelty nonetheless.
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