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CARLOS MIELE GETS INTO MENSWEAR

Brazilian red carpet designer Carlos Miele has announced that this January, exclusively in Brazil, he will launch a line of menswear under his diffusion like, Miele.

Unlike his signature elegant, silk gowns, his men’s collection is more casual and includes swimwear which he will reportedly start designing for women as well. The designer told WWD — “I’m starting men’s very casual. I want to bring out the Brazilian lifestyle. Most of the people here — on weekends they want to relax. But also, more and more, people are casual, even to go to work. Next year I want to launch more eveningwear for men.”

Like his women’s collection however, ecological concerns are of great importance and for the designer’s menswear show he used 100% organic jeans wear, bamboo jerseys, Egyptian cotton shirts, and linen suit tops paired. The designer also worked with Coopa-Roca cooperative, to whom Miele has recently donated a new plant, for some of his traditional Brazilian artisan like crochet and embroidery.

The men’s range includes casual wovens, knitwear and crocheted pieces, T-shirts, jeans, canvas shoes, bags and swimwear Miele used cottons, linens, silks, bamboo fibers and organic denim. The jeans have a basic finish, resulting from a process that uses no water.


Miele has been quoted as saying that although the menswear segment is very competitive, he believes that there is space for his carioca style designs and that his company’s expansion plans include a men’s exclusive store in São Paulo to be opened in March saying, “Brazil is going to be very good next year, and maybe America will be good in 2010. So I think next year is the time to put new ideas out there.” Adding that when it came to designing his menswear collection he used the same process as he does for his dresses saying, “I thought about the curves of the body.”


   
The line will launch in January at the 8,600 square foot Carlos Miele flagship in South America’s largest luxury mall, the Shopping Cidade Jardim in São Paulo which the designer opened in June.

A children’s line is also in the works, as well as bridal, fur, eyewear, and other accessories.

Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.