A CELEBRATION IN A STYLISH GARDEN, 25 YEARS IN THE MAKING
I have to say it: Carmen Marc Valvo is one of the designers I truly love, and here’s why: there is such a beautiful optimism to his designs. He creates clothing you should love to wear, not only because it’s beautiful, but it’s beautifully tailored, made with care. I have the feeling that, with every flourish of a pencil, with every stitch sewn, he’s thinking of every women (and now, man) who will wear his clothes and wishing them joy. I’ve never met him, so I’m obviously making that up, but I believe I’m right. It shows in every look.
Carmen Marc is one of several designers celebrating 25 years in the business this season, and no one deserves this achievement more. He’s marking this momentous occasion with his most magnificent collection yet. His inspiration: un homage to his garden, filled with flowers, reborn every spring.
The florals bloomed in onesies, sleek halter dresses and big, swing skirts. The colors were big and bold and bright, the fabrics, were summer classics, silk organza, gazaar and what he called, “a modern marriage of metal and mesh.” The solids, too, were striking, the brightest whites, creamsicle orange, electric blue.
These were the perfect party dresses, reminiscent of what must have been easier times, but with the most modern twists. And the longer lengths added an incredible elegance.
This show was also a celebration of the Valvo’s premiere menswear collections, which matched, in tone, color and texture, his women’s looks, comfortable, chic, with a far more masculine take. In his notes, Valvo said, “a celebration is not complete without the ones you love. So our beautiful ladies have invited their special beaus to this Sadie Hawkins celebration.” That is the perfect description of this amazing collection.
25 years on, and you can see that Carmen Marc Valvo is only just getting started.
© Red Stiletto Media 2014 | Photography: Anton Brookes