Polite Women

Even though I participated plenty in all the fun and fanfare, I wasn’t in Miami for Art Basel. I just needed a break from my apartment, and get some rays. But it’s as good a time as any to visit Miami, because all your friends are there, and they are generally in a much better mood than back home. And it so happened that the majority of us were stationed at the Miami Beach Edition, a new luxury Marriott hotel that opened just days before Art Basel. I’m going to be perfectly honest: it’s a fantastic place, with two pools, spacious ocean front rooms, delicious food, luscious cabanas and a clean, all-white interior, but the service suffered some serious growing pains… I’m dropping my comments in the suggestions box as we speak…

But the man of the hour is Carlos Polite, a 39-year old Colombian designer who spends most of his time in Madrid, Spain. Since his debut in 2010 he has designed ten collections, including the one for next summer I am wearing in these photos. What made my panties drop, were the laser-cut, heat-fused appliqués. They’re so clever and crisp. “The influences that have shaped my work are innumerable,” he told me in a brief interview. “Film, music, art, architecture, history, sociology; artists like Kandinsky, Sol Le Vitt, Mogambo, Maps to the Stars, the music of Dead Can Dance, Foxes Freight, Erik Satie, and so on.”

“The Polite woman is one who has the sensitivity and the ability to appreciate and value the little details that make the difference. She is a woman in constant search of the elements that redefine and empower as an individual.” So far Carlos Polite is not for sale anywhere. He just takes direct orders via e-mail. But I am hoping that will change after this post, because we need more Polite Women.

White bathing suit with head appliqué, floor length skirt with head appliqué, shorts and matching corset top, white dress with elephant appliqué, all by Carlos Polite; Black cat-eye sunglasses by Balenciaga; Striped sandals by Paul Andrew for Tanya Taylor; Navy wool sweater by Cos; Metallic clutch by Poppy Lissiman; Double-cross ring by Diaboli Kill.

Photos by Hannah Sider at the Miami Beach Edition. Many thanks to Ben Pundole and the Purple PR team.

December 11, 2014

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