“The new collection is very feminine – I didn’t sit down and design it with the Southern woman in mind but I hope Southern women like it,” said Carmen Marc Valvo. “It’s Southern sort of like a mint julep!” Carmen smiled as he said it.
On Saturday, March 3, Carmen showed his latest collection in Spartanburg, SC as a part of the 6th Annual Unmasking Colon Cancer Gala put on by the Center for Colon Cancer Research at the University of South Carolina. The night was Carmen’s second showing at the gala, his first being last year when the gala was held in Columbia.
“I like celebrating life, I like to empower women,” Carmen said when asked about his aesthetic. “With sportswear you can get crazy but it’s all really in the styling.” Carmen, who calls himself South Carolinian by confusion, is a 10 year survivor of colon cancer. The designer has been lauded by Katie Couric, among others, for his advocacy efforts.