08/28/2013 05:55 EDT | Updated 10/28/2013 05:12 EDT


NEW YORK, N.Y. - Carmen Marc Valvo narrows his eyes at the flowing skirt Taylor Foster models on a carpeted "runway" — technically a hallway — in his Garment District studio.

It's a common look for Valvo in these days before New York Fashion Week, one that asks without words, "Does this feel right?" This time, the answer is not yet — it will require some tinkering.