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Carmen Marc Valvo: Classy, elegant and refined

A model walks the runway at the Carmen

A model walks the runway at the Carmen Marc Valvo Fall 2012 fashion show. (Feb. 12, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

Something really beautiful happened at NASDAQ in Times Square on Sunday night, and it had nothing to do with stocks.

It was Carmen Marc Valvo’s fall fashion show where models, walking a runway in the round, not only showed off the fall collection of dresses, gowns and a few pantsuits, but also underscored the significant talents of Valvo, the veteran designer.

Face it, formalwear runways are brimming with gimmicks, and some designers believe that more – bling, ruffles, draping – is more. Not so Valvo, who, while in general is elegantly restrained, reined it in even further, and focused on color, cut, fabrication and fit.

First off, though colors ran deep, saturated even, they were remarkably subdued – camel, off-red, ivory, moss, and black– lots of black.

Fabrics were lush – double-faced cashmere, wool and silk crepe – with a bit of fur – a sheared mink coat and fox trim upping the ante. Dresses and gowns fit like gloves.
Valvo’s handiwork was particularly evident in strategically placed insets, such as suedes, serpentine rivets of python and a tiny touch of beading. Want to dress sexily without being overt? This is the stuff.

Mixed in with the press were Valvo’s well-heeled, loyal customers, murmuring, “Oh, I love that. Oh, that’s so you. Oh, that’s gorgeous.” We’re not surprised.


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