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7 posts tagged "Carlos Miele"

Pulling A Kramer


Alex Kramer was a staple in the society pages during the mid-aughts, swanning around charity galas in beautiful gowns. But these days you’re likelier to find Kramer scrutinizing fabrics in a makeshift home atelier, working on her new eponymous clothing line, which touches down exclusively on the sixth floor of Barneys today. Her debut Spring collection, ranging from $250 to $1,100, features refined basics like sleek knit sheaths with lambskin paneling and sporty cigarette trousers. “I hate to use the word ‘useful,’ but it’s stuff you want to wear every day,” Kramer, who previously worked as head of visuals for and designed a capsule collection for Carlos Miele before launching her own line, told at a showroom preview.

For Fall (which will be sold to other retailers in addition to Barneys), Kramer and co-designer Brian Stanziale (who hails from Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, and Coach) articulated the well-received leather-detailed T-shirts and expanded offerings with on-trend, croc-embossed cardigans as well as practical outerwear. Noteworthy here was a cashmere-blend coat with a detachable silver fox fur collar. “I didn’t really buy anything this year, so this second collection was really about the pieces I personally want and need,” said Kramer.

Photo: Courtesy of Alex Kramer

Let’s Festa


There’s a Brazilian saying that goes, for a good party, you need a good mix of people. The gathering I attended last night, hosted by Roberto Thompson and Amalia Spinardi at their house in São Paulo and held in my honor, was exactly that. In the group were fashion enthusiasts, designers, editors, and artists, including Marina Abramovic, who is celebrating the holidays in Brazil with her pal Riccardo Tisci.

In between dancing to remixes of Edith Piaf tunes and sipping caipirinhas, and despite the distractingly stunning views of São Paolo, there was talk of work. Designer Carlos Miele chatted with a few businessmen about his plans for brand expansion in Asia, and Pedro Lourenço gave us a preview of his upcoming pre-fall presentation at Milk Studios, while Alexandre Birman shared the news that he’s now part of Bergdorf Goodman’s designer shoe floor. At the top of the Birman’s to-do list: make shoes for the baby girl his wife is expecting. Does that mean he’ll be going into the children’s business? He wouldn’t say, but I bet a lot of moms would die for that. magazine was also a big topic of conversation. Guests were pleasantly surprised when I passed them out as party favors once the night came to a close.

Photo: Veronica Campos

Liz Hurley, Farmer? Actress Launches Organic Jerky And More


“How do you like being a farmer?” was a question that cropped up more than once during Elizabeth Hurley’s personal appearance in Harrods Food Hall at noon yesterday. It’s true, she did give up London for country life some time ago—and her farm is a working farm—but she’s not exactly slopping the hogs or milking the cows. She has “people” for that. But beef raised chez Hurley has found its way into the jerky that is part of the range of organic snacks she launched yesterday. (The other new products were oat bars and fruit bars.)

The concept is low-cal and low-fat. As a longtime victim of futile fad diets, Hurley spoke with the voice of experience when she acknowledged, “It’s compulsory portion control. I’ve never been able to chop a Jaffa Cake in half and just eat one piece.” But the emphasis is equally on convenience. Subsequent products like soups and ready meals will be “ambient,” i.e., no refrigeration or heating necessary. There was certainly no need for heat in Harrods, where an outlandishly gorgeous Hurley met fans (some had come from as far afield as Belgium and Spain) in a strapless red dress by Carlos Miele. And her product labels depict her in an L.B.D. and hot pink
Wellies. We’ve come a long way from Green Acres, baby.

Photo: Eamonn McCormack/WireImage

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Blasblog from Rio: The Brazilian Way 101


Let’s be honest: There’s only so much you can do with a bikini. Heck, Coco Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent could both rise from the grave and do a swimwear collaboration, and while it would no doubt be amazing and they’d be on eBay the next day for a million dollars, they’d still just be bathing suits.

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