"Will there be Samba musicians down this runway?" There is only one designer I can think of where members of the photographer's pit would ask this question.
Carlos Miele brought his brand of sophisticated Brazilian chic to Lincoln Center for New York Fashion Week. There were no dancers or musicians, but the models brought South American style to Manhattan. The first few looks to come down the runway were dramatic swirls of printed chiffon.
The rest of the looks that followed were draped, sexy silhouettes showing off bronzed legs, bared shoulders and long necks. Sunny orange, one of the most popular colors in the Spring 2012 collection was important in this collection as well. Vivid blues and greens to reflect the beaches of Brazil were also very prominent. The popular pattern were variations on a painterly swirled design interpreted in different color palettes.
Fabric manipulations were popular as a design detail on several gowns. Fabric was twisted and braided. Other gowns featured a gathered fabric floral technique.
When spring hits NYC, I'm usually wading through dirty slush thawed from the winter. If there is any luck in my world, next spring I'll be instead on a beach in Brazil, with a caipirinha in hand and a regal Mielle gown on my back...