Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week NY Fall ’11. Carmen Marc Volvo’s Poetry in Motion

February 13, 2011 • New York Fashion Week Fall '11, Yahoo

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Summary: Any show that begins with an Emily Dickinson poem, you know is going to be something special. Carmen Marc Volvo has always put as much care and precision into the overall presentation of his collection as he does with the pieces themselves. And this season was no exception. Held in our ever-so-favorite off site venue of the NASDAQ center, the muse for the Fall '11 collection was the delicacy and grace of the ballet. Volvo seemed to channel the ballet's use of movement in his fabric choices, likening chantilly lace to the wings of a swan and metallic tulle to the crashing of glistening waves. And truly, the garments seemed to do their own dance as they flowed down the models' bodies in persimmon chiffon or curlicued up in organza swirl appliques.

Present was his traditional lineup of red carpet-ready looks, perhaps in celebration of the release of his new book, "Dressed to Perfection: The Art of Dressing for Your Red Carpet Moment," which was being released in conjunction with the runway show. But there were a few carefully selected separates, like the decadent chinchilla and fox coats, a tulle sweater and a black mink lined bomber jacket (which I LOVED!) And while most of the gowns exuded a modern sense of femininity, there were a few of the lace pieces that held a bit more mother-of-the-bride type appeal. But Volvo balanced even that nicely with some higher hemlines and more youthful one- shouldered looks. As always, to CMV we say Brav-a!

Color Palette: nude, black, sable, persimmon, caviar, chocolate, silver, palamino, copper, ivory, midnight, persimmon, latte, pewter, metallic, swirl applique

Fabrics and Textures: mink, cashmere, tulle, lace, chiffon, wool, fox, silk tulle, knit, mohair, swakarah, organza, silk satin, satin, mink, sculpted, multi-tiered, iridescent, embroidered, draped, cropped, beaded, one-shoulder    

Key Looks: Black caviar beaded silk tulle cocktail dress, chinchilla knitted stole, black lace gown with organza swirl applique, silver feathered fox cropped pant, black/pewter metal embroidered gown, black one-shoulder lace gown with organza swirl applique

-Alia Rajput

Photo Source: NY Mag

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