Oscar Carvallo Couture Spring Summer 2014 Paris

“Edit” would be the one word review to Oscar Carvallo’s spring 2014 show, where the Venezuelan designer showed a multitude of variations all inspired by the kinetic artist Carlos Cruz-Diez, whose line of op-art jewelry was seen here as accessories.

From one extreme to the other, Carvallo went swiftly from too many different twists on his theme to one singular vision shown on a variety of models. Sure, his cuts are fetching and his customers have plenty to choose from. But in their invariantly striped nature, little contrast came to reveal any salient elements, making this more of a catalog than a vision.

But one couldn’t help feeling like this was some kind of best-of compilation of “silhouettes that worked” collected over the years, from different sources. Along with the electronic beat, it felt like a club remix - two bridal looks, anyone? Not a bad thing, mind you, as fashion is an ever self-referencing milieu, but still.
That being said, Carvallo is showing consistency in the quality of his gowns and that’s always a good thing.