Women's Fall Fashion 2008 Preview
Written by Debra C. Argen   

Joanna Mastroianni - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2008Luxury Experience Magazine presents the Women's Fall Fashion 2008 Preview of Pamella Roland, Joanna Mastroianni, Carmen Marc Valvo, MAX AZRIA, Ports 1961, and Willow direct from the runways of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.



Although most people think that there are twelve months and four seasons in a year, for New York fashionistas there are really only two months and two seasons that count, February, when designers present the preview of their fall collections, and September, when they present the preview of their spring collections.

Twice a year, Luxury Experience Magazine eagerly looks forward to attending the shows to see what is coming on the fashion horizon, and in February 2008, I attended a whirlwind of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week shows held at Bryant Park as well as at other venues held throughout the city in order to provide our readers with a preview of the Women's Fall 2008 fashions.

Before I tell you about some of the gorgeous clothing highlights of the shows, let me tell you that the predominant color palate for Fall 2008 will feature dark neutrals (black, slate, smoke, and chocolate), stunning spice and fruit (paprika, saffron, tangerine, pomegranate, olive), sensational gemstones (garnet, emerald, pearl, lapis, sapphire, amethyst), metals (gold, silver, copper), and lipstick red will be glowing hot in cocktail attire.

The designers showed a tour de force this year in a return to femininity, glamour, and elegance with fabulous details including ostrich feathers, fur, crystals, and beading. Metallic lamés, and fan-pleated bodices on eveningwear were seen at several of the designer shows, along with pleated and wide leg pants. Look for belted coats and jackets, and attention to small luscious details.

Inspiration comes in many guises, and for designer Pamella DeVos of Pamella Roland, Paris, France was the inspiration for her collection of 58 gorgeous daywear and eveningwear designs. Her gowns had exquisite details of fur, feathers, beading, and crystals. A few of the highlights from her show included an elegant ivory and gold brocade cocktail suit with a mink collar, think Jackie O or Princess Grace; violet strapless charmeuse gown which featured a flowing train; and a pearl and sequin tulle halter gown that was pure glamour.

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Pamella Devos - Pamella Roland
Pamella DeVos of Pamella Roland

The Kingdom of Morrocco was the inspiration for the 43 designs in the collection from designer Joanna Mastroianni that ranged from daywear to eveningwear and featured intricate embroidery and beading. A few of the highlights from her collection included a pomegranate bengaline strapless dress, "fan" bodice and asymmetric hemline; copper metallic short trench, paired with a black turtleneck, pleated pant, embroidered vest, and beaded belt; and Rose/pomegranate striped silk organza/lurex spaghetti strap evening dress, asymmetric layered skirt.

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Joanna Mastroianni
Joanna Mastroianni

Elizabeth Taylor as Gloria Wandrous in the 1960s movie BUtterfield 8 was the muse for the 38 lingerie inspired designs presented in the Fall 2008 collection of Carmen Marc Valvo. Think glamorous and feminine styles, sensuous fabrics of silk charmeuse, lace, satin, cashmere, feathers, and of course, fur, with mink and fox prominently featured in his collection. A few of the collection highlights included a black long hair fox, mink, ostrich feather embroidered swakara coat and chocolate metallic lace cocktail dress; ivory goat trimmed fox coat with black wool sateen wide leg trouser; ivory brocade and lace strapless gown; and black pinstripe corset and camel dual satin hobble skirt.

Carmen Marc Valvo Models
Carmen Marc Valvo Models

I met with Carmen Marc Valvo in the VIP Tent after his show and he said that although this collection is a slight departure from his usual style, there is still enough Carmen Marc Valvo in the collection. A prominent figure for his charity work including Gilda's Club Worldwide, Carmen Marc Valvo graciously chatted and posed with his many guests who came to meet him in the VIP Tent.

Carmen Marc Valvo - Ivory Gown Carmen Marc Valvo

Kira Kohrherr, Debra C. Argen, Carmen Marc Valvo, Guest, Vivien Hoexter of Gilda's Club Worldwide
Kira Kohrherr, Debra C. Argen, Carmen Marc Valvo, Guest, Vivien Hoexter of Gilda's Club Worldwide

Designers Max and Lubov Azria of MAX AZRIA presented a collection of 35 looks, which featured a color palate of black, navy, charcoal, moss, brown, and beige, with taffeta, cashmere, organza, merino wool, and silk jacquard fabrics. The collection featured sensual elements of furs, corsets and bustiers, attention-drawing belts to showcase waists, and ankle boots that provided a long-legged look.


Designer Tia Cibani of Ports 1961 found inspiration for her collection through the mythology of Gaelic tales and romantic Scotland. Using a color palate of limerick, moss, indigo blues, vibrant reds, sycamore, and cork, and fabrics of rustic tweeds, wool gauze, velvets, lace, metallic lamés, and neo-plaid her collection featured sensual dresses, cinched waists, and strong shoulders in her jackets and coats.

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Tia Cibani of Ports 1961
Tia Cibani of Port 1961

Australia designer Kit Willow of Willow took a bold step and paired her Fall 2008 collection of dresses with over-the-knee lace-up boots in coordinating or contrasting colors. Her neutral color palate of black, ivory, shades of browns, and navy, was enlivened with designs in gorgeous paprika. The collection featured dresses, wide leg trousers, belts, lacing on bodices, and beading.

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Kit Willow Between Willow Models

As you look forward to planning your Fall 2008 wardrobe, as always, remember, that when it comes to fashion, it is not only about what you wear, it is also how you wear it! Have a fashionable season!

For information on Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York or other Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week International shows, please visit the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week website at: www.MBFashionWeek.com.

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