DALLAS — The Dallas Market Center will present its highest honor, the Fashion Excellence Award, to eveningwear designer Carmen Marc Valvo at the 31st annual Dallas Fashion Awards gala on Oct. 28.

“Carmen Marc Valvo is a legendary American designer who brings glamour to women everywhere through his collections,” said Bill Winsor, president and chief executive officer of the market center.

The designer began offering slinky beaded gowns under the label Carmen Marc Valvo Collection in 1989 and has since added a Couture collection as well as CMV, a daytime dress label. Among the celebrities who favor his gowns are Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige and Katie Couric.

During the past two years, Valvo expanded with licensed shoes and swimwear, and in June he introduced a fur collection. The company does about $8 million in annual retail sales, not including the licensed products, said spokesman Frank Pulice. Valvo’s next project is a fragrance.

Valvo, who was vacationing in Sweden, said via e-mail, “Being asked to receive the Fashion Excellence Award from the Dallas Market Center was a complete and total surprise….The ladies in Texas really love fashion and love to dress, and I am thrilled to be recognized for my designs.”

Neiman Marcus here has carried Valvo since the beginning, and the designer is to appear at two area Neiman’s units in October. Valvo also sells to Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom.

The designer plans to present his spring Couture collection on the runway at the Dallas Fashion Awards. Winners of DFA trophies in eight categories will also be announced at the black-tie gala.

This story first appeared in the July 21, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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