Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring ’11. Once, Twice, Three Times a Lady at Carmen Marc Valvo

September 12, 2010 • New York Fashion Week Spring '11

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Summary: Carmen Marc Valvo is known in the industry for creating masterful confections for strong and glamorous women-basically, every woman's dream dress. This season was no exception as he took his cues from one of the most influential eras in fashion, the 1960s. In a time when the prim and proper was starting to get edged out by the bold and daring (i.e. brighter colors, shorter skirt, there was a sort of middle ground that played off of both. Jackie O. immortalized it, Catherine Daneuve wore it in the movies, and Carmen Marc Valvo revisited it last night.

He introduced his run of show with 'A Certain Lady', a poem by Dorothy Parker that explores the depth of a woman's heart and the secrets that each one of us hold within. The poem also plays off the notion of the duality of a woman-her light and dark sides-which set the tone for the mostly black and white collection. Girly details like ribbons and embroidery covered the early pieces, lending a touch of cobalt, blush and gray to the ivory and midnight tones. Everything from cocktail dresses to bikinis looked designed by a knowing hand, one that was intentionally going for this retro glamour aesthetic.

The short skirts soon and maillots soon gave away for Valvo's forte-the gowns. Silk faille and organza glimmered along the floor to ceiling windows of the venue. Chiffon rippled like liquid to the darkly romantic music of the 'Mad Men' theme song (another homage to the 1960s), and the structural beaded column gowns looked like walking works of art. Overall, the collection was a breathtaking testament to a time when glamour was acknowledged and appreciated and a reminder to all of us that it should be still.

Color Palette: ivory, cobalt, black iris, black, oyster, taupe, midnight, blush, white, silver, chambray, rose bouquet print, metallic

Fabrics and Textures: silk organza, embroidered, silk faille, silk, organza, lace, linen, pique, leather, silk chiffon, wool, raffia, python, pearl, crystal, pleated, ribboned, beaded, cut-out, eyelet

Key Pieces: Black iris embroidered silk faille cocktail dress, oyster pearl beaded column gown, oyestedr eyelet embroidered high waisted bikini, silver cut-out embroidered linern coat, chambray abstract printed silk chiffon cocktail dress

-Alia Rajput

Photo Source: WWD

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