Last October, I met a couture designer by the name of Carmen Marc Valvo. He was doing a special fashion show at Neiman Marcus to benefit SOS Children’s Village, in support of my three-day event, All Access Fashion, at Tysons Galleria. I admit, having worked for a great luxury mall, one would think I’d have a great mental database of all designers in all of the stores – I clearly didn’t. Having done some quick research, I found Carmen’s designs to be incredibly feminine but modern, comparable in price to BCBG Maxazria and available at Neiman Marcus.
Fast forward seven months and Rue La La is having a sale on Carmen Marc Valvo beachwear. Putting together the fact that I NEEDED at least two more swimsuits (since I am down to one) AND I’ve wanted an opportunity to own some of his clothes, I jumped at the chance. This was in addition to the fact that I’ve been working on a comparison piece of shopping on flash sale sites and was interested to see how Rue La La stacked up (they fare better than Haute Look).
After receiving everything and trying it on, I was incredibly happy with my purchases. There are a handful of great designers out there that design clothing for real women, meaning clothing that can look flattering on almost any shape. My new purchases were elegant, flattering but modern in design. I am a huge fan of him and suspect that my closet will see a lot more of him.
For $250.00, I bought the following: