There's something to be said for Carlos Miele's consistency. The Brazilian designer's over-the-top gowns have attracted gala-bound dames and debutantes alike for nearly ten years. But in the ever-evolving fashion industry, a little variety is always welcome, and Miele's pre-fall collection suggested a change in the winds for the eveningwear-driven brand.

Sure, Miele's signature fuxico puckering made an appearance, as did calling cards like his showy starched taffeta and sunburst-pleated silk. But it was the two impressionist floral printed looks that really stood out. One featured strands of metallic seed beads that added a curtainlike sparkle to the gown's bust, while the second looked like a Monet painting wrapped and sculpted into a strapless column. Other up-to-date elements here included Miele's experimentation with on-trend peplums on both a short champagne-colored party frock and a timely one-shouldered number the color of a red carpet.