Expect some new choices at Carlos Miele
next spring. "I really wanted to focus on separates this season," the designer said backstage, "and I also used a lot of black." Say what? In fact, Miele, who has built a global brand centered mostly on dramatic gowns—colorful ones, at that—did not stray too far from his signature look. There were plenty of floor-length chiffon numbers, in bright prints based on photographs he captured on the streets of Rio de Janeiro in his native Brazil. But the sheer blouses, cropped wool trousers, and little vests decorated with silk "dreadlocks" proved the designer is more than capable of producing sophisticated daywear. As for the emphasis on darker hues, Miele was frank: "It's the main color selling for us right now." Economy-related or not, it's smart to offer customers more diversity these days.