By LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Red-carpet designer Carmen Marc Valvo has been dressing the rich and famous for decades, including Queen Latifah and other notables with curves.
Does that make him a rarity?
"I think the Europeans are more at fault," said one of the nicest guys in fashion in a backstage interview before his New York Fashion Week show Friday.
"The Americans are larger than the Europeans. They just are, so I do embrace that. I think a woman should be sexy and just be who she is."
This time around, Valvo turned out a woman warrior in armor-looking gowns, down to the ground, some with chain-link accents and metal beads inspired by a recent trip to Turkey.
There's a certain life cycle when you've been in the business as long as Valvo, who's 60.
"Who's my customer? I grew up with some of them," he said. "I made their wedding gowns and now I'm dressing their daughters."
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