Valvo's style and story in a new book
RENEE MINUS WHITE Fashion & Beauty Editor | 1/25/2012, 5:39 p.m.
Carmen Marc Valvo is a genius of design. His new book, "Dressed to Perfection," published by Rizzoli, will be released in February, just in time for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and the designer's fall '12 show.
Valvo has quietly built a formidable business over 25 years. His eveningwear is the foundation of his company, which now encompasses eyewear, furs and bridal. Valvo's designs are worn by such royalty as Princess Madeleine of Sweden and celebrities like Queen Latifah, Vanessa Williams, Angelina Jolie and Mary J. Blige
In 1989, Valvo set out on a path that would unknowingly lead him to found his eponymous label and become one of Seventh Avenue's most steadfast independent brands. He has been exploring his soul's desire to bring glamorous dressing to every woman's life ever since. His elegant eveningwear is now available in Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, Bergdorf Goodman and countless other specialty stores nationally and internationally.
Time magazine stood up and took notice of Valvo after his 2005 collection. In a feature story, they wrote, "While other designers seek shock, Valvo's creations shine in the marketplace." His label now appears on couture gowns, bridal and cocktail dresses, fine furs, swimwear for Victoria Secret, sunglasses and eyewear and home decor.
Along the way, Valvo has proven to be a dedicated scholar of his craft. He has carefully honed his skills to master the fine art of cutting and draping fabric to enhance the female physique. His goal is to make sure every customer feels like a star on the red carpet when they walk into a room wearing one of his creations.
Valvo grew up in a traditional Spanish/Italian family in Westchester County, N.Y. His artistic spirit revealed itself early on; he developed a passion for oil painting and crafted opulent medieval costumes for his sister for a school project. It wasn't until much later that he even considered becoming a designer. "I honestly didn't think it was a real profession," said Valvo.
He attended Parsons the New School for Design. After graduating, with only a few thousand dollars, Valvo pulled together a collection for a show department and specialty stores.
In 2008, Valvo appeared with his dear friend Williams in a national broadcast and print public service campaign to encourage early screenings for colon cancer.
This designer has an understanding of fit issues and his tailoring is superb. Women's Wear Daily perhaps said it best: "Over the years, this designer has demonstrated the talent to do it all."