Mathieu Mirano’s poetic description of his inspiration was instantly visible in his shimmering, sensual evening collection for fall, shown on models sitting and standing on sand among, for a bit of humor, live tortoises. The designer’s travels to Egypt — specifically, the rainbow-hued sunsets and swirling desert winds — influenced his sculptural shapes as well as his palette: ombré stretch lame and an abundance of car wash-esque strips cut as skirts and even floor-skimming sleeves.

 

“I want my clothes to have a recognizable language,” said Mirano, whose signature elements include embroidered fringes and panels, mermaid silhouettes, liquid silks and stretch lame. Freshest for fall was a terrific gown, cut in crystal-embroidered, grosgrain ribbons with a stretch jersey torso and a long skirt of free-flying strips atop another ribbon skirt.

 

Once again, he created a good balance between fun and sensuality. Yet his frequent exotic trips with an entourage of 26 family members should allow him to glean enough ideas to take his label a step further.

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