Saturday, May 14, 2011


Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, NYC

Words/Images Judith Ecochard

Always a festive, always a party atmosphere greets attendees of Carlos Miele's RTW shows.

For Fall 2011, we felt maybe a slightly more sardonic tone was set-perhaps signally a change in design MO---

---what with---and we had to chuckle--- the Grateful Dead's "disco ditty" Shakedown Street 

Setting the beat for the models to march down the runway.

Brother this town ain't got no heart---irony????

Also a change---the teenage blogger/former tv star---in his front row perch, nursed by his barely older then he---publicist. An attempt for younger consumers...?

And we could see why---as influential as celebs are to the under 30 crowd's choice of a Red Carpet label.
Black crepe short jacket with beaded detail, off white silk charmeuse blouse, black velvet saruel pants

Miele gave a modern twist to a glam night out--- with the terrific separate evening pieces 

That accompanied the fab, and we mean really fab---dramatic flowing evening gowns.
Pale rose velvet with silk chiffon detail

Nude silk charmeuse dress with terrific beaded detail

Colors had soft and boldly vibrant tropical hues...

Graphic stripe knitted top with fuchsia silk pajama pants

The craftsmanship of the shoulder braid detail---well done chartreuse silk charmeuse dress 

love how the side detail is in the same bold purple as the sash of this Oscar worthy Goddess Gown

Prints were from digital satellite images...

Fabrics...airy chiffons, stunning silks charmeuse, crepes, velvets...and lightweight shimmery metallics--- perfectly draped for one shoulder drama...the kind of dresses that always end up on some print reads "BEST OF..." layout.

The details ---beading, braided trim...

The added use of hoods---to keep the chill at bay...framed the models faces as well as a pair of earrings.

Flattering jumpsuits---maybe for the tall and slim---but still a tasteful option