Women warriors rule at Fashion Week, as two designers take a unique twist on a collection with a masculine edge and a feminine mystique. NY1's Cheryl Wills filed the following report.
In Carmen Marc Valvo's look book, love really is a battlefield, and the women on the front lines are fearless, bold and resplendent with historical illusion.
"All of the mosaic works that you see in the mosques and the churches, that started the inspiration, and then it evolved into these strong warrior women with breastplates of armor, and the rest is history," Valvo said.
Or shall we say her story.
Stars who gathered to witness Carmen's interpretation of the opulence of the Ottoman Empire were simply blown away.
"Everything that went past, I was like, 'Please let it be in a size 16. Please," said TV host Sherri Shepherd. "But I love it."
"I'm a total Aztec warrior," said Michelle Herrera Mulligan of Cosmo for Latinas. "I love to really rock that strong, structural, fierce thing, and I just think they really nailed that."
"I love the warrior woman theme," said Walter Greene, fashion editor for Carib News. "I love the clothes being worn like it's armor, strong women."
"Beautiful product, beautiful dresses, beautiful clothes, looking beautiful on the body," said fashion commentator Robert DiMauro.
The Carmen Marc Valvo woman is ready for battle and ready for love.
Designer Rebecca Minkoff also channeled some masculine energy for her fall/winter 2014 collection.
Neatly tailored trousers and buttoned-down blouses give a great look for the woman on the move.
"This influence this season was taking classic menswear silhouettes and redefining in feminine colors, and also softening them," Minkoff said.
Soft, yet strong. A Rebecca Minkoff statement of downtown style.