Style.com: Carlos Miele Spring 2013 Review
NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 10, 2012
By Alison Baenen
A trip to the zoo prompted Carlos Miele’s two-year-old son to draw pictures of the animals he observed. A blue giraffe emerged, and for Miele, inspiration struck. “I wanted to create a hallucination jungle,” the designer said before his show. Lightness in the jungle’s tropical heat was important, so Miele incorporated movement into his looks, using lots of chiffon and borders of fringe. His son’s blue giraffe appeared; a tiger in oxidized yellow was also part of the menagerie. Layered together, as they were in the opening look’s giraffe caftan and long leopard dress, they did look hallucinatory and like an animal lover’s trippy dream. It would have been fun to see more prints in the mix (what else did Miele’s son come up with?), but instead black dresses with Deco beading and dripping sequins pulled you out of the jungle. The beading, and the turquoise stones on necklines and shoes, served as a grounding element amid all the frothy chiffon but at times felt unnecessarily heavy. Fantastical and acid-hued, this was a collection for dreamers.