The Carmen Marc Valvo Fall 2005 Collection was inspired by the romance and beauty of la Belle Epoque, believed by many to be an unparalleled era of luxury and opulence and the last age of elegance.
Carmen was swept up in the spirit of that age and has distilled the key elements of the period while infusing them with a modem edge for today's woman. Concentrating on the opulent ornamentation of the day - lace, fine ribbons, delicate flowers and lush fur pieces, Carmen has given them new life by pairing them with light weight fabrications. Intricately woven ribbon bodices and delicate yards of silk organza have an almost gossamer quality.
Carmen was also intrigued by the repressed sensuality of the day: the scandal of Parisian society with the unveiling of John Singer Sargent's masterpiece "Madame X" and the strap of her evening gown provocatively displayed off her shoulder, the days' social scene deliciously chronicled in Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence, to the heated protests that followed the introduction of the Viennese Waltz and its "wild and immoral" nature.
At the heart of the collection is the grace and elegance of an era as personified by the tremendous artistic expression of such painters such as John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini and the idea that there are always two core influences at play in fashion, innocence and the heated sensuality that lurks beneath it. For Fall 2005, Carmen offers opulence, innocence and a hint of scandal for the modern woman.
Carmen Marc Valvo
530 7 th Ave, 23 rd floor
New York, NY 10010