At Carmen Marc Valvo’s show, the look was youthful and elegant. His beautifully designed cocktail dresses were detailed in lace in a variety of shapes and lengths. The Carmen Marc Valvo brand today encompasses several collections. The designer works with special licensing partnerships, with each top-tier company contributing unique components that embody the integrity and vision of the designer.

In the spring/summer ’17 collection, Valvo’s creations are combined with artistry and refinement. Silhouettes are striking and designed to enhance and complement the inherent beauty of the female form. He has a unique ability to highlight a woman’s best features. One after another, models flowed up and down the runway exhibiting Valvo’s flawless execution of color, fabric and style. At this recent NYFW show, Pia Wurtzbach and model Deshauna Barber were among the celebrities sitting in the front row.

Over the past 24 years, Valvo’s stunning cocktail dresses have graced some of the world’s most glamorous and talented women. He grew up in Westchester County, N.Y., where his father was an anesthesiologist and his mother a nurse. Although his life growing up was traditional, he loved to read and work with coloring books. Through his exposure to his parent’s professions, he developed a knowledge of the female figure, which later helped him to become such a successful and intuitive designer. He showed an interest in art early in his life and enjoyed oil painting. A fine arts program at Manhattanville College was also a great asset to his career. While traveling through Europe, he explored rich cultural tapestries of centuries-old historic cities and quaint countryside. He is proficient in several languages, too.

After leaving Parsons School of Design, Valvo worked with Bill Atkinson. In Paris, he did a stint at the House of Ricci and Christian Dior. He has released a book, “Dressed to Perfection: The Art of Dressing for Your Red Carpet Moments” (Rizzoli), and his collections include swimwear, eyewear, shoes and other accessories. Today, his evening collection is a fixture at fine department stores throughout

he world. Good show!