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Carmen Marc Valvo is expanding his reach. The designer has launched a new diffusion collection of special occasion dresses, Carmen Marc Valvo Infusion, through a license agreement with Groupe JS International. “What we are looking to do with this new collaboration is to bring the importance of fit to refined glamour at any price point,” Valvo said. “After 30 years in business we can safely say that there is a ‘Carmen’ fit and a sophistication level we are known for….Our inspiration was figuring out how we could make every red carpet moment special for a broader demographic.”

The fall and holiday collections consist of about 30 styles ranging from cocktail to evening looks done in brocades, taffeta jacquards, silk crepes and chiffons. The line, priced from $228 to $348, is slated to hit specialty boutiques and select department stores, including Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom, in October.

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