Valvo's sumptuous evening looks for spring '13
RENEE MINUS WHITE Fashion & Beauty Editor | 9/13/2012, 4:54 p.m.
Carmen Marc Valvo always comes through with a spectacular collection, and this season he didn't disappoint his standing-room-only guests, giving another smashing presentation at Lincoln Center for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. His theme focuses on samurai warriors with breastplates of metallic lace that boast both strength and femininity.
There are beautiful shields of crystal stingrays protecting the extremities. A flourish of folded silk adorns models in styles with chests and waists that are tied neatly with black belts. Other looks are enhanced with folded origami layers of organza begging to be caressed by gentle breezes. For soirees, kimono shapes provide inspiration. Patterns inspired by antique embroideries and kimonos are mixed with old couture fabrications. Valvo's fabric manipulations appear throughout the collection.
With these soft fabrics, he adds further volume and grandeur to cocktail dresses and gowns. Chantilly lace provides the shadows and lightness when interspliced with dual satin or brocade. The collection was beautiful. A form-fitting white lace gown was the best dress in the collection, though there were many, lovely styles.
The show also featured custom-made shoes by H.H. Brown, one of the oldest shoe manufacturers in the United States. Accessories for the collection included custom-made jewelry by Hera Arkarakas, the designer of the Hera collection. The hair was by Ted Gibson, and makeup by Romero Jennings for MAC Cosmetics.
For the holidays, Valvo will debut his Capsule collection Nov. 2 on HSN. This exclusive collection will feature evening knits in a variety of Valvo's best signature silhouettes. There will be new sequin styles and jeweled cardigans, cropped "tuxedo" shrugs and layered applique crew neck sweaters. Evening looks include slim-fit pants, bandage skirts and essential cocktail dress with three-quarter sleeves.
Valvo will be honored at the 10-year anniversary celebration for Oklahoma Project Woman (OPW, formally Tulsa Project Woman). His website will debut a new look with cutting-edge technology this fall. The site will feature shopping, collection updates, celebrity sightings, trunk shows, events and the designer's charitable causes across the country. He will also be featured as a guest judge on the new season of "Project Runway All Stars" along with other surprise celebrity judges.