Spring 2014 is oh so sexy when Carmen Marc Valvo plays with shape and color for his spring collection.
Thumbing through Carmen Marc Valvo’s program before the show, I read what his inspiration was for spring. It said, in part, “A cultural collision of traditional tribal patterns in a monochromatic palette create the illusion of computer graphics…Scuba stripes are used to infuse more than just a glint of skin, bearing backs and legs.”
Now this sounds very high-tech and modern, but the clothing, excellently tailored, was romantic, chic and sensuous.
Flashes of coral were seen on a few pieces, but the majority of the dresses and swimwear seen on the runway this morning, were done in blacks, creams and pewter tones. On paper that sounds boring, but on the runway, it was gorgeous. Valvo played with texture: Pairing mesh inserts with bold sequined patterned pieces (the thought of the man hours used to create one square of sequin detail makes one swoon) was a visual feast.
Some dresses were body conscious, yet demure. My seatmate turned to me during the show and said, “The dresses are like Herve Leger, but without the slut factor.” Yes, you can be sexy and demure at the same time—it adds allure.
Many dresses were cut as shift dresses with dropped waists and full skirts. While these silhouettes are better served for Valvo’s typical customer, they weren’t matronly. On sylph-like models they held appeal to the younger set as well.
Valvo debuted his new shoe collection during the show. It’s everything you’ve dreamed about when it comes to sexy sandals!
Front row VIPS included Taryn Manning, Vanessa Williams, Paula Garces, Regis and Joy Philbin.
PJ Gach is Managing Editor of Spa Week Daily.