Style That Sells

WHILE OTHER DESIGNERS SEEK TO SHOCK, VALVO'S CREATIONS SHINE IN THE MARKETPLACE

When designer Carmen Marc Valvo showed his fall 2005 collection during New York Fashion Week last month, there were no starlets in the front row prowling for Oscar gowns. Nor did his designs grab headlines, top must-have lists or spark debate. And yet over the 16 years Valvo has designed his namesake label, he has quietly garnered one thing his colleagues would covet: a buzz-worthy bottom line.

"I like to give women something that's beautiful and wearable," says Valvo, 51. "And because I do that, I don't get as much attention. Being flavor of the month is not going to keep...

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