Showgoers looked eagerly around for a front-row celebrity at Carmen Marc Valvo’s show, but the only unexpected guest was Superstorm Nemo, whose unexpected presence blessed every standing room attendee with seats. And it’s too bad, because the 25% of people who skipped the show missed out on a good old-fashioned, beautiful eveningwear show.
Remember the “biker baby” outfit Ann Romney wore to an appearance on Leno that got everyone in a tizzy? Well, I’m pretty sure Ann would like this collection – there was lots of leather, lace, and corsetry. But because it is Carmen Marc Valvo, it was all done with elegance and refinery, without the slightest hint of vulgarity. This season, his girl was Byronic and a little moody—a Beethoven-tortured artist/punk that dreams of piano keys, “moonlit sonatas, baroque scrolls, and rock and roll.” Those ebonies and ivories were the color story, with the occasional deep merlot, grape, and cassis thrown in.
Blouses had poet ruffle detailing at the wrists and neck, paired sleekly with leather embroidered skirts. In a look that was pure Aspen-nighttime-chic, he belted a chinchilla puffy vest on top of a satin gored ball gown skirt with pockets, showing all of the luxury without the bulk. A leather peplum top with see through paneling in the collar and sleeves even had me re-considering the flash-in-the-pan trend because of the lovely way in which it was rendered and fitted. Carmen kept a sea of mostly black from being boring by playing on textures and fabrics, like a geometric slash of alligator in a silk and wool all-white evening gown, a flash of paillettes, or a surprising sheared mink sleeve on a tulle jacket.