After being impressed with Carlos Miele’s show for Fall, I had quite high expectations for Spring. Happily I liked this show even better than his Fall creations! It must be the colours. Once again they are so, so, so my cup of tea.
The collection reflected many moods. It was part Grecian, part nautical, part retro, part 70’s and part very “now”. An unexpected fusion of inspirations, yet the silhouettes worked in harmony. I simply adore the colour palette. Lots of off white, citrusy green, tomato red, deep cobalt blue, black and a spot of tan.
Carlos Miele is the colour block king, taking that design feature to the next level. I can’t think of another designer who colour blocks a garment as attractively as he does. Just look at that off white and green, one shouldered colour blocked gown. The pleated fabric that fans out while the dress is in motion is the style cherry on top. Truly sensational fabric manipulation and design.
The short floaty tomato red dress was my favorite frock of the show. I just loved the way it moved on the runway. Ladylike and cheeky. The short patterned butterfly dress with the banded bottom was another favorite and I’d love to wear that as is over my Gap leans with pearls. Fresh and fun, yet elegant and chic. Love!
The collection showed asymmetrical necklines, wider pant lengths, short shorts, cropped boxy jackets, soft blouses and cargo harem pants. Like Edition George Chakra, the dress styles were both long and short, both form fitting and voluminous. Fabrications were both soft and rigid. Solid and sheer. Bright and neutral. Something for everyone.
The last portion of the collection showcased a neutral palette which was not my favourite part. I loved the smoky grey beaded gown but that was it. The ever so on trend colour tan was represented in a few designs, one of which almost had a wardrobe malfunction because the neckline of the dress was cut so low. There were also many glittery, transparent black gowns that required flesh toned shapewear, but even with the shapewear little was left to the imagination.
A generally stunning collection that satisfied my need to see both neutral and vibrant colours in a range of silhouettes. I might be wrong, but dress pants and more fashion forward pant styles in red might be trending for Spring. Carlos Miele was one of many designers showing that statement on the runway. If I find the right pair of red pants, not jeans, I’m in.