The Lady Noir...Carmen Marc Valvo ran a dark, dramatic runway at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The walls were black, the runway was black and then most of the collection was also black. If you are a New Yorker, this ratio seems about right. With spots of deep red and sapphire blue as contrast and metallic gun metal for shine, this was a palette that Manhattan ladies undersand.
One of my first internships in fashion was with Carmen. I recognized his signature slim long silhouettes, embroidered textured fabrics and coordinating toppers. He chose a slimming colorblock technique of a contrast piece from the bust down to the hem. Embellishments of metal sequins and pewter fabric appliques were highlighted down a bodice or framing it around the armhole.
The styling gave it a more Downtown edge. Severe eye makeup and brows with nude lips were paired with short or pulled back hair topped with an adapted mohawk. This looked great on some models, a few however, had an ironic femme-toupee look.
I have to believe that the women in Carmen Marc Valvo's life must be strong. Most runway models are disturbingly thin, but the ladies from this show sported some sculpted arms. It's quite possible that it was the cut of the dress that displayed the "guns" to such advantage. If that's the case, I'm all in.
Photos by David Tak-Wai Leung