Taking a Stand with Style

taking a stand with style

carmen marc valvo fashion show & luncheon

May 9, 2008
The Natick Collection
Natick, MA

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In its own classic, inimitable style, Ovations for the Cure of Ovarian Cancer hosted its inaugural Sisterhood: Taking a Stand with Style Fashion Show & Luncheon at the newly revamped Natick Collection in Natick, Massachusetts on May 9, 2008. The event, sponsored by Natick Collection and The Math Works, helped raise funding and awareness for ovarian cancer research.

Prior to the luncheon and show, guests were treated to an assortment of hors d’oeurvres and “tealtinis” while entering their chances for a host of fabulous prize packages ranging from designer luggage sets and weekend getaway packages to gift products from brands and retailers such as Kate Spade, Carolina Herrera, Calphalon and Sephora. If those items weren’t enticing enough, a silent auction featuring designer handbags from Stuart Weitzman, Escada and others encouraged bidders to participate.

Emceed by longtime local arts & entertainment anchor, Joyce Kulhawik—herself a two-time ovarian cancer survivor—the event was a showcase of international designer Carmen Marc Valvo’s Fall 2008 line. Valvo, whose fashion designs have graced celebrities such as Catherine Zeta-Jones, Goldie Hawn and Kate Winslet, discovered he had colon cancer in the fall of 2003. His early diagnosis helped saved his life.

The mall’s atrium, transformed into an elegant sea of teal and black, sat over 150 guests who listened intently to Joyce’s own experiences with cancer and learned about Ovations for the Cure of Ovarian Cancer and its mission from the organization’s executive director, Debbie Soprano and medical advisor Dr. Ursula Matulonis.

Meanwhile backstage, stylists and makeup artists readied models for the runway, while Carmen Marc Valvo made last minute adjustments to the fashions. Guests enjoyed a delicious luncheon and event chairwoman Carol Arrick Wells spoke to the attendees about her battle with ovarian cancer.

Then without further ado, the parade of style began. Models walked a U-shaped runway, allowing guests to view the fashions from every angle. Valvo’s designs were flattering and timeless—many inspired by the classic designs of old Hollywood. Jewel colors were abundant—reds, emeralds and rich blues peppered the collection that was based in neutral tones of white, black and brown.

The exquisite collection included cocktail dresses and suits, evening gowns and lots of glam.