Known for his luxe red carpet worthy gowns, Carmen Marc Valvo stunned yet again with his F/W '14 collection. Inspired by the Ottoman Empire and a recent trip to Turkey, Valvo presented a collection full of "women warriors," which showed that femininity doesn't have to mean frilly. Front row attendees on Feb. 8 included Katie Couric, Vanessa Williams, and Daisy Fuentes.
Valvo went heavy with embellishments with several looks that incorporated chain mail, brocade, lace, leather, and breastplate beading. Yet, with deep, rich colors, Valvo also managed for it to come across as restrained. While the collection was a mix of cocktail dresses, evening separates, and outerwear, Valvo triumphed most with the gowns he is known for. Looks included tunics worn over leather skinnies, fur coats, and beaded skirts.
Showstoppers included a black and red satin gown with chain mail top, a beaded top paired with a floor length wool skirt, a royal blue voluminous gown with chain straps, and a floor length lace number.
The beauty look took the tough girl chic to a new level with makeup by MAC and hair by Ted Gibson.
"This makeup is about a really strong powerful woman," MAC Cosmetics Lead Artist Romero Jennings told us. "She's a warrior, she's a fighter, she has strength, but at the same time she still needs to look feminine and pretty, so I did this beautiful brow that's extended and arched a little bit. The brow really is the frame of the makeup, the liner is the structure and the strength, almost giving her armor or protection. Everything else is neutral and translucent."
Gibson too talked about creating a look that was powerful yet feminine. "I wanted to do ponytails because I thought ponytails would be interesting, but I didn't want to do a simple ponytail, I wanted to do one that had some street to it," Gibson told us. "So I incorporated the leather and made it a tiered ponytail. You get a couple different feelings from it, from the front, side and back. It's a three dimensional hairdo."
Get the look:
1. Flat iron hair
2. Add L’Oreal Professionnel’s Architexture and brush back to smooth out hairline
3. Create a centered ponytail with a bungee
4. Add extension hair to ponytail
5. Wrap and tie leather around bungee
6. Use black elastics to make a tiered ponytail
7. Add chunky clip on bangs
8. Finish with beautiful hold hairspray
Alex Finkel contributed reporting.