A Q+A with designer, Carmen Marc Valvo

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For the month of May, Fashion Project has been celebrating inner and outer beauty by focusing our efforts on making fashion a force for confidence. As part of this celebration, we’ve partnered with Look Good Feel Better and fashion designer, Carmen Marc Valvo.

What many people don’t know about CMV is that he is a cancer survivor who, through his struggle, has become increasingly more passionate about organizations that raise awareness and offer their support to cancer patients.

To help rally support for LGFB, he has donated pieces from his collection, offered an incredible prize package to one lucky sweeps winner (see below!) and shared with us some wisdom about everything from his designs to his diagnosis. Talk about incredible.

How would you describe yourself as a designer?
As a designer I am a classicist at heart. My designs always flatter the female physique.

What inspires you when designing?
When a season begins I can draw inspirations from many different places. It can be an actual object such as a flower or piece of pottery. It could be a feeling like watching a sunset or walk on a beach. It’s always different, always exciting.

A portion of the proceeds from your collection on fashionproject.com will benefit Look Good Feel Better, which works to help women in cancer treatment to look and feel beautiful and confident. Tell us why, in your mind, this charitable program is such an important one.
As a cancer survivor, I have a first hand understanding of the physical and emotional toll it takes on an individual. This charitable program is so important because it helps to restore a woman’s sense of self.

When and how did you find out you had cancer?
11 years ago, while preparing for my fall 2004 runway show. I felt a bit out of sorts. After a battery of tests, I discovered I had cancer.

How has cancer affected both your outlook on your personal life and the creative energy behind your designs?
After my cancer journey, I realized how precious each day is. I try to surround myself with positive people, things, and ideas.

What is your go-to style tip to instantly make a woman feel more confident?
Get a mani/ pedi and if possible, a blow out.

What advice would you like to give to others fighting cancer?
For those fighting cancer, a positive outlook is definitely good medicine.

Pledge to donate your like-new clothes & accessories to support Look Good Feel Better for a chance to win a lunch date with Carmen Marc Valvo, plus a tour of the CMV Atelier, and a dress of your choice from CMV’s current collection! Click here to enter.

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