Carmen Marc Valvo has not only gone sportier with his day looks, but he seems to also have gotten the hang of making evening clothes that have a tailored ease and a lot of attitude. The result is a new swagger that’s younger and more fun than in past collections.

Plaids just might be the key — he even offered them in a mink cardigan and a stadium coat. Bordering on a school-girl spirit were charcoal-plaid matelasse blazers with white shirts, a gored felt skirt and cashmere paperboy pants. For evening, Valvo added sequins to a black stadium coat over a cashmere sweater with cropped cashmere trousers. And of course, gowns — pleated in a silk chiffon illusion plaid or voluminous in a knockout silk gazar plaid ballgown skirt, white silk charmeuse shirt and black cashmere sweater.


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