Carmen Marc Valvo shares his spring collection at Pink Ribbon fashion show
BY BRAVETTA HASSELL World Scene Writer
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
10/16/12 at 5:10 AM
The theme at this year's "Fashion A Cure: A Decade of Dedication" Pink Ribbon fashion show highlighting the work of women's evening wear was East meets West.
Nothing more typified this inspiration on the runway early Monday afternoon than the gray patterned skirt and nearly sheer white wrap top with three-quarter-length sleeves all cinched by a brilliant red sash at the waist. The look had an Asia-meets-1950s-Paris couture style, but not without a nod to modernity.
"It sounds a little bizarre, but I hope you enjoy it. I think it's a beautiful collection," said designer Carmen Marc Valvo, as he introduced his 2013 Spring Collection at the event, marking his 10th anniversary helping Tulsa in its efforts to find a cure for breast cancer.
Since 2003, Valvo has been presenting his evening wear at the event as part of Oklahoma Project Woman's annual fundraising luncheon and black-tie gala that benefits the nonprofit's work. Funds raised by the program provide breast health education, free mammography, diagnostic procedures and surgical services for Oklahomans with no health insurance and limited financial resources. In Valvo's decade of involvement with the Pink Ribbon fashion show, the nonprofit has raised almost $3.5 million and has helped 22,000 women, said Channel 2 anchor Karen Larsen, the luncheon's emcee, before the runway show.
Valvo's spring collection of dresses, gowns and other couture-inspired evening wear was vibrantly refreshing, replete with lightweight flowing skirts and pants, bold colors, and lace and cascading ruffles.
Contrasting colors, defined waists, metallics, lace and loose, airy materials and cuts were consistent throughout.
Black and white - two classic colors that especially dominated the beginning of the show - came down the runway in a variety of forms including in one of Valvo's favorite looks: a dip-hemmed dress featuring a fine-textured white top with a geometrical shimmering white mosaic at the chest reminiscent of a breastplate. Black and white appeared again and again as in the delicate lace white gown, sleeveless, trailing and tied with a karate-style sash that harmonized with the ethereal presence of the dress.
In Valvo's 2013 Spring Collection, the designer takes every opportunity to accentuate the woman's figure with his use of sashes - what looked like ribbons and other ties at the waist - which transcended their oft-accessory characteristic and became essential pieces in the looks Valvo created.
The show featured fabrics and cuts that imply movement as well as show themselves off in action, too. Ruffles abounded in some dresses decked but not overpowered by soft layers of organza tiers. Dip-hems were seen in a number of Valvo's skirts and dresses, and the peplum style also had a place in the designer's vision for spring.
One piece that drew a marked reaction was a low-cut black top with a white bow over a sumptuous draped peplum and black capri-length pants. The collection also included trouser pants in light fabrics and with such breadth and movement they nearly passed for skirts. The result was a pleasant meeting and complementing of opposites - or as Valvo said previously, "a bit of yin and yang."
Another favorite look that was representative of Valvo's vision for spring was the striking floor-length, pleated skirt in brilliant bright red with a red belt tied to divide it from a shimmering ivory top featuring the mosaic pattern, a beautiful and recurring design in Valvo's collection.
The designer drew even more surprise with the inclusion of a handful of poolside looks, including an asymmetrical one-piece almost fully black but featuring a delicately designed sheer inset at the waist on one side. The swimsuit garnered a rise in chatter from the audience that, as the fashion show continued, only grew more engaged by Valvo's statement-making and stylish presentation of a new type of timeless look: classic tradition that seamlessly meets, informs and is inspired by what is contemporary.
Key to the Cure events
In raising money and awareness for women's cancers, Saks Fifth Avenue in Tulsa has teamed up with Oklahoma Project Woman to host the 2012 Key to the Cure - a charity shopping weekend Friday-Sunday.
Saks kicks off its Key to the Cure with an exclusive luncheon and fashion presentation by world-renowned designer Carmen Marc Valvo beginning at noon Tuesday at 1780 Utica Square. Valvo will present evening gowns, day dresses and furs from his 2013 collection during the trunk show, and afterward he will be available for individual fittings. Call 918-744-0200 ext. 205 by 10 a.m. to RSVP.
Also part of the Key to the Cure celebration, the Tulsa Fire Department will bring its Pink Ribbon fire truck to the store from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Local firefighters will hand out bottled water and be available to take pictures with Saks shoppers. Inside the store, Saks will offer treats and special door prizes throughout the day.
Saks is offering a limited-edition Key to the Cure T-shirt designed by Carolina Herrera, retailing for $35 in Saks stores and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th stores and at tulsaworld.com/keycuretee The full purchase price of each shirt sold will be donated to local charity partners.
Original Print Headline: Fashion For A Cure
Bravetta Hassell 918-581-8316
A model walks the runway during the annual Oklahoma Project Woman fashion show Monday at Southern Hills Country Club. MATT BARNARD / Tulsa World
Designer Carmen Marc Valvo described his Spring 2013 Collection as "East meets West," exemplified by this kimono-style look but made consistent throughout the line by the use of tied belts. MATT BARNARD / Tulsa World
The mosaic pattern of this ivory top appeared in multiple garments shown by designer Carmen Marc Valvo at the "Fashion a Cure" event for Oklahoma Project Woman. MATT BARNARD / Tulsa World
Clothing designer Carmen Marc Valvo takes to the runway during the annual Oklahoma Project Woman fashion show at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa on Monday. MATT BARNARD / Tulsa World