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Carmen Marc Valvo: Elegant ladies turned samurai warriors
Alec Baldwin’s new bride, Hilaria, may be new to the Carmen Marc Valvo brand, but she’s hip to the designer’s reputation. “The man knows how to dress a woman,” she said, sitting front row at Valvo’s show Sunday night.
There’s no question that’s what keeps his clients coming back, whether it’s members of the Upper East Side social set or celebs like Vanessa Williams (who was also in the audience). And now that the new Mrs. Baldwin (she married the Massapequa native in June) is no longer just teaching yoga but increasingly having to hit the red carpet, she’s going to need a few more drama dresses in her wardrobe — what Valvo does so well.
His spring line has a decidedly Asian aesthetic, and as the program notes explained, his models were like “samurai warriors,” adorned in metallic and Chantilly lace, brocade and origami folds of organza.
There were striking silhouettes — like an ivory silk corset worn with black linen pants, the corset curling out at the top like the petals of a lily. And intriguing fabrics — like kimono-patterned silk brocade in a cobalt, and parchment cocktail dress.
One ivory silk organza dress with lots of fluff (and a red satin bow) seemed a tad too sugary. The simplicity of a cobalt one-shoulder gown with just a glimpse of black lace at the neck seemed to work better. And, oh, that ivory lace sheath that clings to every curve — extra special.
“Wow,” said Baldwin as the model wearing the sheath passed by. “That’s amaaaazing.” It was hard to disagree.