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Carmen Marc Valvo  NY Fashion Week Fall 2004

Fashion Ledge - Carmen Marc Valvo
Inspired by the power and sensuality of old Hollywood and drawing on the style of iconic stars from Dietrich to Garbo, Hayworth to Hepburn, Carmen Marc Valvo for Fall 2004 set out to create a collection redefining some classic silhouettes with a playful nod towards men's tailoring. Muted tweeds and plaids printed onto delicate chiffon are interpreted into totally feminine creations.

Carmen continues his homage to Hollywood with an abbreviated swing coat, an indulgent wide leg pant with a classic Hollywood waistband and a glamorous update of the Matinee Length cocktail dress. "We started with the classics and then streamlined them, making them longer and leaner," Carmen shares. "Right now women want more versatility in evening wear, and this silhouette feels very modern." Carmen exhibits expert craftsmanship that can easily be overlooked upon first viewing the striking simplicity of his pieces. But look further and you will find true couture detailing and innovative fabric that place him in a class all his own. Observe his embroidered and hand cut leather swing coat or his abbreviated jacket of woven ribbon.

Another important theme in this collection is Carmen's fascination with weaving. The results of which can be seen in the textural twisting and ruching on bodices, interwoven bias bands and fabric ribbons caressing the body or trailing from shoulders or necklines. Carmen follows his theme through to his custom accessories from flirty vintage-inspired crocodile and snakeskin shoes and ladylike three-quarter length leather gloves trimmed in sable to must-have purses featuring an intricate mosaic of hand cut crocodile tiles set in a faux-tortoise shell frame.

Possessing the visual power of George Hurrell's black and white portraits with the exciting first days of Technicolor, the Carmen Marc Valvo woman has unforgettable presence and is not afraid to occupy the spotlight. Carmen explains, "It's not enough to make a spectacular entrance, you also have to wow them on the way out!"

Photography by C. Yohance DeLoatch
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