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Sunday, September 8, 2013

NY FASHION WEEK: Carmen Marc Valvo Spring 2014

It's fashion from the future!  Fashion designer Carmen Marc Valvo's spring 2014 collection channeled Blade Runner's Pris and Lilu from the Fifth Element.  The two-toned blunt haircuts, graphic body conscious lines, the models looked like they had just stepped out of a fashionable sci-fi film and onto the runway.  

I briefly worked at Carmen Marc Valvo while I was still in school at Parsons.  Two of my best friends at school had also worked there.  The collection was always elegant, with pretty beaded embellishment.  It was smartly merchandised to make brides, socialites and their mothers happy.  

While this collection was an interesting departure from his known aesthetic, will it scare away their core customer?  Some looks were very flattering with the seams and lines contouring the body. They could look like an elegant evolution of activewear.  However, some looks wrapped around the body in a horizontal way that gave it the look of a towel wrapped around the torso.  It wasn't tailored enough to be flattering and not loose enough for a big easy silhouette either.  With the exception of a few pastel pieces in the beginning, the collection remained grey, black and white. 

What do you think?  Do you love future Carmen as much as classic Carmen?
original photos by David TW Leung

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