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Carmen Marc Valvo celebrates big anniversary with big surprise on fashion week runway

Carmen Marc Valvo unveils big surprise on fashion week runway

Carmen Marc Valvo spring 2015 collection
The Carmen Marc Valvo spring 2015 collection includes formal gowns with a sporty vibe. Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Carmen Marc Valvo spring 2015 collection cocktail dress
Carmen Marc Valvo cocktail dress from spring 2015 collection. Photo by Cheryl Bemis/Fashionably Austin
Carmen Marc Valvo spring 2015 collection menswear
For the first time in his career, Carmen Marc Valvo showed menswear, with slacks in a bold floral pattern. Photo by Cheryl Bemis/Fashionably Austin
Carmen Marc Valvo spring 2015 collection
The Carmen Marc Valvo spring 2015 collection includes gowns with slashed cutouts and fabrics that create a sense of illusion. Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Carmen Marc Valvo spring 2015 collection floral dress
Carmen Marc Valvo featured a number of looks in a blue floral pattern. Photo by Cheryl Bemis/Fashionably Austin
Carmen Marc Valvo spring 2015 collection closeup
A closeup of one gown shows the intricate beadwork. Photo by Cheryl Bemis/Fashionably Austin
Carmen Marc Valvo spring 2015 collection
Carmen Marc Valvo celebrated his 25th anniversary with a big show in the big theater at Lincoln Center. Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Carmen Marc Valvo spring 2015 collection
Carmen Marc Valvo spring 2015 collection cocktail dress
Carmen Marc Valvo spring 2015 collection menswear
Carmen Marc Valvo spring 2015 collection
Carmen Marc Valvo spring 2015 collection floral dress
Carmen Marc Valvo spring 2015 collection closeup
Carmen Marc Valvo spring 2015 collection

NEW YORK — Carmen Marc Valvo celebrated his 25th anniversary in the fashion business in a big way — and with a big surprise.

The longtime designer, a Texas favorite who is a featured designer at Elizabeth Anthony, took over the large tent at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and invited more than 1,000 friends and media to join in the fun. It caused a bit of chaos as the doors remained closed after the start time for the show passed and impatient, increasingly unruly guests were kept waiting outside.

 Gowns were belted, too, with flowing skirts made of chiffon or organza, sometimes paired with sporty tops in black, silver and white. 

However, once they took their seats, calm prevailed as Valvo unveiled a spring 2015 collection that has a retro feeling with touches of modern fabrics and 21st-century design. He opened with several day looks in a blue floral pattern belted at the waist and sleeveless to showcase toned arms and shoulders. The '50s floral pattern and was offset by sporty mesh insets and contrasting piping.

Gowns were belted, too, with flowing skirts made of chiffon or organza, sometimes paired with sporty tops in black, silver and white. Several polished and sexy nighttime looks featured beaded flower applique on mesh in strategic places.

Valvo surprised the crowd by also sending out male models for the first time in his long career. His menswear looks included fabrics featured in the women's collection, with the same blue floral pattern featured in tight slacks with a black cummerbund, tiny swim trunks in an orange and black fabric and suits with a hint of sparkle in the fabric.

Valvo celebrated his milestone anniversary with a big party at the Players Club in Gramercy Park Saturday night. Vanessa Williams and her band, including her daughter, performed, along with Carmen Ruby Floyd and Ariana & The Rose.  To the delight of the large crowd, Valvo and his partner, Christian Knaust, announced that, after nearly 40 years as a couple, they recently have tied the knot.

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