Carmen Marc Valvo Spills His Tips For a Fail-Proof Wardrobe

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Designer Carmen Marc Valvo knows a thing or two about what it takes to look great. After all, he has been churning out the most gorgeous feminine collections for the past 20 years.

So when we had the chance to sit down with the celeb-favorite designer (Catherine Zeta Jones and Kate Winslet are massive fans, by the way) in the American Express Cardmember Lounge after his Spring 2014 runway show (check out our favorite looks below), we had to get the scoop on the three must-haves he thinks every woman needs in her closet to build a fail-proof, impossibly chic wardrobe.

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Here’s what he shared:

1. “Every girl needs a great leather jacket,” he said. “And maybe something leather layered on top in case you get cold this fall.”

From left: Synthetic Leather Biker Jacket, $60 at Uniqlo, "Veinarde" jacket, $860 at Sandro, Beige Zipper Jacket, $69 at Dorothy Perkins

2. “Something studded is definitely a must-have,” he told us.

From left: See by Chloe "Ginger Sharon" studded ankle boots, $468 at My-Wardrobe, Moto stud cropped denim jacket, $120 at Topshop, Dune Dilka tote bag with gold studs, $81 at ASOS  

3. “Lace can instantly make a feminine statement,” he said. “And leather lace is even cooler.”

From left: Lace-front sweatshirt, $88 at J. Crew, Opia lace high-heel pumps, $195 at BCBG, Carven "Cornelis" lace skirt, $725 at Matches

What do you think of Carmen's advice? Will you incorporate any of his must-haves into your wardrobe? Sound off in the comment section below!