NYFW: Carlos Miele Spring/Summer 2013 Runway Show (+ Video)

If there are two designers that do long flowing, summer chiffon dresses well its Matthew Williamson and Carlow Miele. For Spring/Summer 2013, Carlos Miele stayed true to his style but went into a “hallucinatory jungle” for the inspiration of the collection.

{Watch the finale}


Hallucinatory jungle is evident in the variety of colorful animal prints – giraffe print in phosphate blue, a tiger skin in oxidized yellow, the zebraesque black and white combinations that take shape in soft, flowing forms. Miele explored the idea of mutation, with dense, hybrid patters that at the end of the day comes down to your personal preference. For me, the yellow tiger skin print was breathtaking (especially the long strapless dress — model wore it well), while the blue giraffe print didn’t do much for me. The collection of nudes took almost a flapper form at top only the fringe fell on the sleeves instead of the bottom and it was matched with a looser, longer drop at the hemline. I’m never big on green silk chartreuse but some of the designs changed my mind — and surprisingly they were generally paired with black/white pieces. Who would have thought?

{I was happy for the progression out of the phosphate blue pattern, and to the tiger skin in oxidized yellow collection}

{My favorite dress (it was a show stopper) was this number}

{Mixed feelings about the green. LOVE that first dress and the contrast of the red lips — as well as matching it with a zebra print}

{The entire black collection worked for me!}

{As did cream beige flapper dresses. That first dress I hope to see on the red carpet!}

{This part of the collection felt a little out of place — wasn’t sure which part of the jungle I was looking at}

Makeup by Gato for Maybelline New York, hair by Rodney for Cutler/Redken,