Carlos Miele’s Fall 2012 collection calls to mind the Brazilian gaúcha (cow girl), if she were a a glamorous city girl. The pants were a hybrid of the gaucho and slim fitting trousers that hit at the ankle, with a traditional gaucho sash to pull the entire look together. Bolero jackets were also seen on a variety of looks. Ponchos also showed up in the collection with fringe and geometric prints that mimic the traditional prints found on gaucho sashes and the dresses in the collection. While most people think of bright and bold colors when Brazil is concerned, Miele opted for gold and natural tones to echo the rich natural landscape of Southern Brazil.
Silhouettes were kept sleek and complementary to the female form. What I loved a lot about the gaucho sash is that not only did it pull looks together, it serves a purpose in creating a slimming effect. On an interesting note, the gaucho sashes and hats are what is traditionally worn by authentic gauchas.
To keep things modern, the gaucho pants were paired off with sheer shiffon blouses and black open-toed booties with leather tiras and metal edged fringe.
Pictures I managed to take at the show:
For more information about Carlos Miele, visit the official Carlos Miele site here.