Carmen Marc Valvo seems to be pushing himself in several directions this season, upping the fur factor and lowering perhaps, the median age of his clientele (just a tad) by offering what seemed some more youthful looks. His runway, rolled out at the NASDAQ building in Times Square, was electrified with a dazzling selection of beaded tulle, metallic lace and iridescent chiffon.
With 30-plus years in the fashion biz, Valvo knows how to please all those countless Upper East Side ladies and Hollywood starlets, from Vanessa Williams to Beyonce, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Kate Winslet and more. A one-shoulder copper metallic lace gown glistened; a persimmon chiffon cocktail dress, gathered to one side, seemed ablaze; a black and pewter metal embroidered gown shimmered like the Milky Way; and organza gowns with embroidery or appliques swirled a la the backdrop in Van Gogh's "Starry Night."
If that's not enough, there's a variety of uber-luxe furs (fox, sable, chinchilla, palamino shaved mink). And younger shoppers (or those who'd like to be mistaken for such) may be drawn in by modern combinations--a black mink-lined bomber jacket paired with a mohair embroidered cocktail dress, or a cashmere cardigan atop an asymmetrical chiffon skirt.