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Double-face wool dresses with fur trim, portrait-style collars, as well as the capelet coats and turquoise-and-black abstract feather print silks are destined to be timeless classics, too.


Ballerinas _ delicate, feminine and graceful _ were inspirations.

The runway was full of eveningwear, including a black strapless lace gown with tiers of strategically placed chiffon covered in beads, and a one-shoulder copper metallic gown with a draped bodice, both of which Valvo said he thought were red-carpet worthy.

The same could be said for the black-and-pewter embroidered V-neck that evoked the nighttime sky, or the beaded black coat worn over an embroidered tulle gown that picked up the lights of the Times Square venue as the model walked near the windows.

CBS news anchor Katie Couric, a friend of Valvo’s, sat along the front row snapping photos.


The over-the-top designer debuted a funky collection with the theme “He Loves Me/He Loves Me Not.”

The first pieces down the runway under the “He Loves Me Not” motto were worn by models with dark, bluntly cut hair. The clothes are part of Johnson’s “Black Tag” line and included leopard print, plaid and fabric flowers worn around the neck.

The “He Loves Me” pieces are part of Johnson’s “Pink Patch” line of clothing under $100. Those models wore blond wigs and brighter, lighter prints and sequined baby doll dresses.

Johnson danced down the catwalk in a dark coat and wig. She threw both off to reveal her blond hair and a bright yellow T-shirt before doing her signature cartwheel.


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