Carmen Marc Valvo's fall 2013 collection used my favorite colors of black, deep violet, oxblood and white. There was some beautiful beading, leather piecing and luxurious fur.
The designer seemed to take some of his inspiration from the same muse as many other designers this season. The mix of dramatic fur, and sweeping skirts mixed with jet crystal beading looks right at home on a Russian aristocrat of years past.
This design house was one of my first jobs in the fashion industry. I was an assistant in the sales department one summer while I was at Parsons. My good friends were interns in the design department. It was my first time working somewhere with so much elegance. Carmen was accessible to everyone, even the interns. Almost 20 years later, someone I worked with who had started at the bottom has now worked his way up to creative director behind this gorgeous show. Let that be a lesson to those who think that jumping around from company to company is the way to go.
Take a look at the full collection here.
Photos by Mariana Leung