A huge fan of Carlos Miele, it was a pleasure to watch his runway show for Autumn/Winter 2012 during New York’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week where he brought out the gaÃºchas of Rio Grande do Sul.
Miele has always drawn from his country’s rich cultural heritage for his collection and this one felt especially Brazilian.
Miele wanted to keep the gaÃºchas as an important reference point for his show for their eternal values and thus, opened with Kate King strutting down the runway as a contemporary gaÃºcha in a soft wool poncho with woven silk, sand crepe pants and black open toe booties with leather tiras and metal edged fringe.
There was Ã¼ber-chic daywear, cocktail and evening dresses made of horizontal bands of thinly spaced silk and sexy got an extremely sophisticated boost from the exquisitely delicate beaded boleros.
The boleros were a sure highlight, as seen below on Mila Krasnoiarova in a tangerine (we loved this colour) silk charmeuse chemisier adorned with a red and orange woven gaÃºcha belt:
Miele wanted to capture a sense of freedom with his gaÃºchas and used the patterns of traditional gaÃºcho sashes and ponchos for his work.
There were numerous geometric prints (a pink set that reminded us of South Beach at the Delano on a Friday night — yes, please!), echos of golds, black and various natural shades.
Where jewel-toned turquoise was a standout shade, the metal embroidery and overlays of various fabrics had our eyes glazing over from the orgasm taking on our sight.
Mila Krasnoiarova wore our absolute favourite piece from the collection, a pampa print gown in silk chiffon with a white silk underlay:
Another one of our favourite pieces, worn by Aiste-Regina Kliveckaite, was this black wool poncho with woven silk tiras details and metal edged fringes:
Miele’s collection was second-to-none for what he was trying to accomplish.
It stood out on its own for its sheer uniqueness and emphasis on sleek silhouettes.
Our one qualm, if you could call it that, would be that perhaps rather than samba-esque trance (spun by Anthony and Sean Souza, sons of long-time Valentino PR man Carlos Souza,) maybe a little instrumental remix “Ai se eu te pego” by Michel TelÃ³ or a remixed sertaneja via “NÃ£o Precisa” by Paula Fernandes and Victor e Leo would have been a better fit.
Regardless, Miele’s collection must have felt like home this season and for us, it was a refreshing burst of tropical luxury.
A few more images below:-
*Images by Yannis Vlamos/GoRunway.com*
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