Fall Fashion Preview
Carmen Marc Valvo's school daze: Designer is mad for plaid with naughty collection
NEW YORK — For fall, Carmen Marc Valvo has a lot of school spirit. The affable designer, a Texas favorite, is offering up a collection based on "memories of cheering stadium bleachers, mean-spirited teachers and Sunday school preachers," according to his program notes.
Many of the looks are accented with luxurious mink coats — some in kicky plaid patterns with matching scarves — from Valvo's fur collection.
His massive collection — he showed a whopping 51 looks — has a naughty schoolgirl and schoolboy look as models in tousled hair and thick glasses ruled the runway in persimmon and black-and-white tartan blazers, embroidered white shirts and skinny ties to the Jamie Cullum song, "Take Me Out (Of Myself)."
For women, looks range from a plaid skirt and blouse with a boyfriend cardigan in leather and cashmere to crop trouser and black cardigan with a sequin tweed stadium coat and matching handbag. For evening, the tartan theme continues in a more adult version, with frothy silk chiffon plaid pleated gowns, as well as gowns in bold red or black-and-red windowpane patterns.
Valvo only started showing menswear recently with a small spring collection. For fall, he has expanded the offerings, with plaid jackets, mink cardigans, cashmere paperboy pants with suspenders and ombre shirts.
A stellar celebrity front row crowd included Katie Couric, who snapped photos with her cell phone, and hubby John Molner, Vanessa Williams, Tim Gunn and Alec and Hilaria Baldwin with their toddler Carmen.