Monday, February 11, 2013

Carmen Marc Valvo Fall 2013

The Carmen Marc Valvo show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week was a picture of calm elegance. Don't think calm insinuates boring, because we are talking Carmen Marc Valvo here.

See? A redhead in a red gown gets one's attention. Also, so do pants under ivory brocade gowns.

Valvo's dresses boasted sequins, embroidery, delicate Chantilly lace, leather, and even alligator insets. There was also some of the rounded, exaggerated shoulder seen on many of the fall runways, which enhanced the designer's graceful, full-sleeved gowns.

I was struck by all the long sleeves, actually, as a bare arm usually dominates a show of evening gowns. Is his customer asking for more sleeves, or is Carmen Marc Valvo having a demure moment? Either way, I approve, as sometimes covering up can be just as sexy as baring it all.

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