Carmen Marc Valvo
Carmen Marc Valvo created an armor-effect by artfully integrating geometric stitching, metallic mosaic patterns, and brocade fabric on his garments. Chainmail and loose beading ran vertically down the body, revealing hints of skin beneath otherwise battlefield-inspired looks. Loved, loved, loved the cinched pony-tails and choppy bangs, just as I loved, loved, loved the runway music. Pat Benatar remixed with what I am fairly certain was a song from the Lord of the Rings soundtrack is epic in my book.
Black Sail by Nautica
How do these guys make winter look so effortless and tolerable? It always surprises me how designer Chris Cox is able to maintain athletic performance without sacrificing aesthetics in his Nautica Black Sail line. Layers of bright knit sweaters, puffy vests, bomber jackets, and fur trimmed parkas make dressing for the cold look lightweight and cozy. Digitally printed jackets with images of the tundra were a visually refreshing break from the traditional solid neutrals of winter. I loved the play on textures of the intentionally crinkled ski jackets or the shiny carbon wax coated coats.