Manifique! — Says it all for the Fall 2016 La Vie Du Noir French inspired collection by designer Glenroy Marsh. The connoisseur of fashion was on point flooding the runway with a delightful array of black outfits trimmed with just a bit of color to show off his Caribbean roots.
The show opened with a classic choreography by members of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, and followed through with the theme of elegance, classic and wearable to cap-off the Thursday, Feb. 18, Fashion Week event in the showroom of world-famous CoCo-Mat brand, in New York City.
The award-winning Marsh emulated his muse — a black Parisian couple that lives on the Upper Eastside of Manhattan — taking his creations to another level with detailed pieces designed with tulle, head-wraps, gloves, and clutch purse, French accents that certainly glamorize the collection.
Models strutted the runway in skillfully designed floor-length gowns, one embellished with oversized frills at the hip, trimmed with piping, and the other with a multi-color asymmetric finish.
The sexy ready-to-wear mini dresses were showstoppers. Marsh used his scissors to glam up the pieces cut from embellished lace, spandex and satin. Some were also trimmed with feathers at the shoulder, while others were designed with a square-neck effect, and a slit at the bottom of the skirt.
A topless mini dress with double flounce, and accented with a multi-color headscarf and jewels, made a bold French statement that Americans would find quite refreshing.
The male ensembles were designed with precision and complimented the elegance female dresses. Sleek suits, shirts and slacks, dressed up the handsome, debonair, and rocker-look, male models.
“I had to up my game with this collection because the French know all about fashion, they understand fashion. I combined my favorite techniques and the things I love about the French to complete this collection,” said March, a Jamaican-born couturier.
“You have to think about the way a woman wants to look and feel when you design. I want to them to feel comfortable when they dress, so I choose fabric that would compliment ‘her’ body,” said Marsh.
Some of the creations are formal attire, while others, like the spandex outfits are suited for the club scene. The pieces could be combined for all occasions.
The audience applauded Marsh, as he took a bow with a big smile on his face, pleased that he had satisfied onlookers and fashionistas alike, with his stunning collection.