Carmen Marc Valvo Fall Winter 2011 Collection During NY Fashion Week (with video)
Carmen Marc Valvo's Fall/Winter 2011 Collection which was presented last night was glamorous and elegant. Valvo, the designer-to-the-stars (many of whom were presented at the show) featured a collection made with such rich fabrics as chantilly lace, chiffon, organza and tulle.
The show was presented at the Nasdaq Marketplace, with all attendees seated along long winding corridors, with the models passing by only a few feet away. Katie Couric, Star Jones, and singer Kat DeLuna all in attendance.
Highlights of the beautiful collection included exquisite cocktail dresses and formal evening wear including a latte metallic lace gown, a persimmon iridescent silk chiffon and lace gown, and a black strapless lace gown with multi-tiered chiffon applique. (See video of the show below).
"The collection was inspired by ballerinas this season," Valvo told Luxist backstage after the show (see video for full interview). "I gravitated towards them for their sense of beauty, poise, their grace, their elegance and their sensuality and femininity. So I wanted the collection to evoke that sense of beauty and movement. It is a collection full of romance and poetry. Lots of laces were employed, silk chiffons and metallic tulles."
Valvo's collection also featured a lot of fur, including a black mink lined bomber jacket, chinchilla kitted stole, silver feathered fox cropped jacket, and a sable knitted stole. "I've always played a little bit with furs. I had so much fun this season incorporating these fabulous fur pieces into the evening wear, my cocktail dresses and gowns."
Katie Couric came backstage after the show to congratulate Valvo. "I thought it was fantastic," Katie Couric told Luxist. "I am a huge Carmen fan. I love him personally and professionally. I think he does beautiful work. I think he is a great person. So, whenever I can support him, I always want to do that."
"Carmen has a new book out and I wrote the forward," Couric added, referring to Valvo's recently released book, Dressed to Perfection: The Art of Dressing for Your Red Carpet Moments (Rizzoli, 2011), which will be released on February 15, 2011. "All of the proceeds go to the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance because he is a colon cancer survivor. So I feel that we have a very strong personal connection."