Coming off Fashion Week we are both exhilarated and exhausted. What a huge season, not only for the designers, but for us! We worked around the clock, resulting in our biggest, most extensive fashion week ever. We covered a combined total of nearly 100 runway shows and parties over the course of the week. We also attended the Fashion 2.0 Awards, Socialyte.co's Bloggers Brunch, Elle & Style360's Accessory Lounge, and CFDA's IMPACT exhibit. If you're wondering if we've slept, the answer is "No!" In addition to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, we also covered NOLCHA, also known as Independent Fashion Week. There we discovered standout, lesser known designers who have been flying under the radar; including Danilo Gabrielli, Vassilis Zoulias, and JetSet Collective.
The looks at Carmen Marc Valvo’s fall 2012 fashion show were nothing short of glamourous, sleek, and chic. Held at Nasdaq, Times Square over the weekend, his collection heated up an otherwise very cold day. As he had stated before his show, his inspiration was pythons. His inspiration came alive through sleek hair, fitted pieces and dark, mysterious eye makeup. To add an extra kick of sultry, some models walked in dark oversized sunglasses, adding a flair of film noir.
Most of the collection contained a neutral pallet filled with gold, black, white, and nude. However, there were a few pieces that held a fantastic shade of lime green and the texture combinations used were impeccable. Mixing snakeskin inspired material with fur stoles, dresses with a scaly affect, and light whimsical tool mixed with thicker materials like sateen and poly-combos really brought the pieces together beautifully. All of the combinations were ultra fem as most had belts at the waistline, and were form-fitting. The few suits that landed on the runway were also a great addition as they were not as form-fitted but still maintained the look of a classy, successful woman.
Tomorrow night join Fashion Fights Cancer and Jessica White for a cocktail party and benefit fundraiser to honor partners in the fashion and medical communities who have greatly contributed to the fight against cancer. Enjoy delicious eats by Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster Harlem, beats by DJ Kalkutta & DJ Shardae, cocktails, and a special message from Jessica. There will also be a special exhibit by Duggal featuring portraits of cancer survivors shot by Chayo Mata, featuring Carmen Marc Valvo (Fashion Designer), Suzanne Donaldson (Glamour Magazine), Jamal Hodges (Celebrity Hairstylist) and many more!
It’s hard to imagine a less than fabulous Fashion Week, but in these tough economic times, fashion’s holiest week might be less than remarkable. The latest drop-outs opting not to grace Bryant Park’s tents in February are Betsey Johnson and Carmen Marc Valvo. Johnson has had shows the last five seasons and wouldn’t comment on the reason for canceling, according to New York Magazine. Valvo has shown for the past 10 years and admits to wanting to find a cheaper way to display his new collection than a show that typically costs between $150,000 to $200,000.
Instead of a runway show this season, designers like DKNY are opting for a stage presentation instead. Johnson and Valvo are following suit, and other designers such as Vera Wang and J. Mandel are also considering the road less costly. At this rate, Fashion Week could actually be remarkable – remarkably glum.