"We don't need no education! We don't need no thought control!" Singer Bebel Gilberto wore a strapless silk dress from Carlos Miele's Spring line as she opened the show with a Pink Floyd cover. Prog rock meets bossa nova was not the only cross-pollination on the runway: Miele invited jeweler Ivanka Trump to bring on the diamonds. Both are known for über luxury and a flair for the dramatic, and they made beautiful music together.
The lineup began with a lovely off-white and lime silk-charmeuse dress with a zipper appliqué—but the tempo really picked up midway, with the arrival of a pair of high-waisted pants and a silk T-shirt with a butterfly print that was used in abundance. "Few creatures embody the state of being carefree as perfectly as the ever-flitting butterfly," the program notes explained.
There were sheers—by now, it's obvious, a big trend for Spring—and lots of ripe color. A navy crepe jacket (also with that zipper appliqué) looked very desirable, and cargo pants were refreshing, but the finale showcased what Miele does best: ball dresses. Black tulle gowns with geometric embroidery were the stars of the party. If you're a woman who wants to look and feel sexy without subscribing to any one trend, Carlos is your guy.