New York Fashion Week Spring '09: Carlos Miele, You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman!

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Summary: A carefree Brazilian attitude was in the atmosphere at Carlos Miele‘s Spring show. Translated to fashion, this meant flowing dresses and gowns primarily in silk chiffon, bronzed-up models with loose locks, and prints and colors inspired by the rainforest landscape of Miele’s home country. Hip-hugging cropped pants, stone embroidery and vests added edge to the collection. Brazilian artist Seu Jorge provided the tunes live, rocking on the runway, and entertaining the models and onlookers alike– (he even had some photographers moving and grooving!). You could feel the warm winds of Rio despite the fall chill of NYC outside, and Miele’s "dance between nature and the female body" was simply a success.

Color Palette: off-white, light beige, chantilly, nude, sand, mandarine, red, raspberry, navy blue, aqua, royal blue, light gold, black

Fabrics & Textures: silk chiffon, silk crepe, satin, jersey, tropical wool, guipure lace, leather, python, flower shadow print, rainforest print, water reflection print, tree shadow print, black stone embroidery, opal stone appliqué, organza fuxico appliqué, metal eyelet appliqué, sodalite stone appliqué, semi-precious and diamond giant cuff bracelets

Key Looks:
flower shadow print silk satin strapless dress with black guipure lace overlay and black stone neckline embroidery; black silk crepe gown with black silk crepe vest with black stone embroidery; aqua silk chiffon gown with Brazilian stones neckline embroidery; rainforest print silk chiffon satin asymmetric gown; mandarine silk satin gown; light gold and light beige silk organza and satin asymmetric gown

– Hayley Wells

Photos: NYMag.com

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