Attending the Carmen Marc Valvo show this season was in some ways a blast from the past. You see, my very first internship in the fashion industry was with Carmen Marc Valvo in the summer of 2008. I interned in sales mainly but was floated around to each department during my time there. My most vivid memory of interning at CMV was the day PR needed me to organize the archive closet, by season, garment type & color. When I started it was all in complete disarray. As an extremely overwhelmed 19 year old I just stood there at first thinking to myself, ” How  the bleep am I going to do this?!?!?” But when I finished 6 hours later it was ready to be photographed for a magazine! I was thanked with the most amazing bronzer I ever used and a really beautiful candle I wish I still had, both under the CMV label. At the end of the summer I made some pretty great friends and memories.
As I walked in to the tent I saw some familiar faces whom which I had worked with all those years ago. As I took my seat and the show began I was eager to see all the ultra glitzy and opulent dresses that are expected from Carmen. Instead the collection focused on romance and elegant simplicity. Black was the mainstay of the color scheme with accenting tones of burgundy, plum, and white. Rich in fabric and textures, in addition Carmen used inlays of alligator skins, lace, leather and fur for many of his evening and cocktail looks. Details I enjoyed were evening gown skirts with trousers underneath, showing by a peak-a-boo slit down the middle. I’d say this collection was designed with the  upper east side woman in mind but one who wants to bring out her meatpacking district rock and roll nerve; subtle but slightly lurking out. Especially, with the hot pink ombre hair the models had going on as they strutted down the runway to a remixed version of “One Winged Doveby Stevie Nicks. Yes, many in the audience were singing, outwardly thinking their voices were masked by the loud music…sorry people, I hear ya! But that’s okay, we all had fun!

As per usual, CMV’s collection mainly targets a more mature woman which is usually not represented on the ready to wear runways, however I can absolutely see some young starlets sporting a few of these dresses on red carpets.
Can’t wait for next season!
Photos: Sharon Zobali

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