In the spirit of Valentine's Day, designers showcased their own vision of modern romance through these captivating gowns. Carmen Marc Valvo, Alice and Olivia, Badgley Mischka and Naeem Khan were a few who embraced the spirit of the holiday.
Inspired by the Costa Rican sunset, Carmen Marc Valvo designed his evening-wear collection with vivid shades of violet, orange, and fuchsia transforming earth-tone hues to represent the disappearing of light into the horizon. Valvo showcased the collection by projecting images of a live photoshoot onto the walls for guests to view.
After being introduced to Salman Rushdie's novel, "The Enchantress of Florence", designer Stacey Bendet was inspired by the narrative to create the Alice and Olivia Fall/Winter collection. Among the Renaissance-inspired gowns, bold textures, and statement prints, the show revealed combined elements of the novel's historic settings, Florence and the Indian Empire.
Designers, Mark Badgley and James Mischka expressed that the Badgley Mischka brand stands for "glamour and fantasy" despite the occasion. This theme is recognizable on the shared runway with both the evening-gown collection and introduction to their formal ready-to-wear line.
Closing the show with a recording of poem "Human Family" by Maya Angelou, the Naeem Khan collection aired a theme of "beauty in diversity". Khan effortlessly weaved alluring leopard-printed gowns, floral overcoats, and sequin fringed boots into his Fall/Winter Collection.