After ten years of showing at the tents and Lincoln Center, Carlos Miele
opted out of an official New York show this season, and will instead present his Fall collection during Miami fashion week in March, where he will accept the International Designer of the Year award. While doing the whole Miami thing makes sense with Miele's sunny Brazilian disposition (and festive clientele), it's also a shame because the new lineup brought more urban ideas to the table than ever. Look no further than the red leather biker suit here, which was admittedly a bit tacky but also signaled a step in a different, younger direction. A menswear-y tweed tuxedo jacket with a spray of sequins, for example, achieved this in a more subtle, luxurious way. Speaking of luxe, there was a killer crocodile coat here trimmed in mink on the sleeves and hemline. Interestingly enough, the topper was nearly identical to one Miele sent down the runway for Fall '07. Two steps forward, one step back. Aside from that, he revisited other signatures like ruching and draping on evening gowns. In the red carpet-worthy category, a bias-cut crimson silk halter number with swirling embroidery stood out.