Citing references and inspirations as broad as Afro-Brazilian culture and virtual reality, the Carlos Miele Spring 2012 collection aimed for ” a dialogue between artificial and natural, modified beauty and organic.” The focus is on fluid lines, bright colors and bold black-and-whites. There’s also nods toward the trends with the ever-present sheer looks (this time styled as bathing suit coverups, which is at least a slightly more pragmatic use for sheers), some sculptural pieces to break up all the flowiness and goddess gowns, and one slightly incongruous appearance of metallics. We suspect the broadness of the inspirations is part of the reason for the broadness of the collection. Some focus is called for here. There’s an overusage of draping, ruching, and shirring on some of the gowns that looks pretty dated to us, but we loved the places where he utilized fuxico, which is a Brazilian patchwork technique made from circles of fabric gathered into the center and connected together. The effect in a print gown almost looks like flowers cascading down the front. There are some looks that really don’t appeal to us, but the prints are gorgeous and well-used here and we appreciate the exuberant, colorful, optimistic feel throughout.
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