NEW YORK — Carlos Miele is not a household name here, but the Brazilian designer is doing everything in his power to break through the clutter during Fashion Week. The efforts include staging his first runway show here, on Sept. 21 at noon, at...
NEW YORK — Carlos Miele is not a household name here, but the Brazilian designer is doing everything in his power to break through the clutter during Fashion Week. The efforts include staging his first runway show here, on Sept. 21 at noon, at the Theater at Bryant Park; shooting an ad campaign with Patrick Demarchelier and opening his first U.S. store in the Meatpacking District.
Miele, who does $60 million in sales yearly in Brazil where he operates 93 stores, creates dramatic, often outrageous clothes combining luxury fabrics with native craft techniques. His show promises to be a cross-cultural extravaganza, with a theme that centers around Pombagira, a female goddess from the Candomblé religion, whom the designer said "is very seductive and makes love and has a lot of hot boyfriends and lots of clothes."
Two female dancers will perform the roles of Pombagira and Venus, while a video installation of scenes from nature will play in the background. The models will be made up to look like birds with lots of feathers everywhere.
Miele’s show could pack some star power, although it’s too early to say whether fans such as J.Lo, Nelly Furtado and Lil’ Kim will attend. Britney Spears’ stylists, Kurt and Bart, recently called the designer asking to see his denim pieces and evening dresses.
"They said she’s looking for a new designer to create a look for her," Miele said.
If all goes well with the show, Miele will have some name recognition by the time his store at 408 West 14th Street opens in February. Hane Hashid and Lise Ann Couture, the Asymptote designers responsible for the Hydra-Pier in the Netherlands and the renovation of the Guggenheim Museum in SoHo, designed the store with curvaceous, undulating fixtures and alcoves with seating and video monitors.
While Demarchelier’s ad campaign, being shot here next week, will be seen only in Brazil, his images, featuring model Caroline Ribeiro, will decorate the store and hang in its windows.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
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