Carmen Marc Valvo

Metallic Elderflower Dress

$186 to buy
$800 retail
Stylist Notes

Win best dressed in beaded brocade! This gold showstopper by Carmen Marc Valvo will shine through a sea of black dresses at the wedding reception. Simply pair with Kenneth Jay Lane’s Anne Crystal Teardrops.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size up for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 0 - 14.

BUST: Great for any cup size - comfortable room at bust
WAIST: Fitted - comfortable room throughout midsection
HIPS: Not Fitted - comfortable room for hips
LENGTH: Mid-thigh to knee length - (on a 5'6" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: May be worn with any standard bra
FABRIC Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Athletic, Full Bust, Hourglass, Pear, Tall, body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Gold Jacquard (60% Acetate, 28% Polyester, 12% Metallic Yarn). Sleeveless. Crew neckline. Full pleated skirt and beaded detail at waist. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Lined. 40” from shoulder to hem. Imported.

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57 reviews
Fit
Large
(17)
True to Size
(31)
Small
(4)
Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 40
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 167lbs
December 7, 2014
Love the quality of the dress and free samples of deodorant, dry shampoo, and coupon.
I wore this dress to my Bridal shower today. I received nothing but compliments. The fit was perfect and design unique. The shipping was on point and so easy to return. I rate the overall service between the time I rented this dress to returning it outstanding! Thank you.
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Size worn:
14
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 43
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 155lbs
December 23, 2014
The President of the United States complemented me on the dress. He said it was festive and sparkly!
The dress fit well. I am 5'4" and it fell just below my knee.
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Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
April 30, 2015
Loved this dress and the color!
I got so many compliments on this dress. One person even told me it was her favorite dress at the event! It was a little long, hit me right at my knees, but with the right heels, it was great. Very comfortable and easy to dance in! A little more silver in person than in the picture but still loved it!
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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 48
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
November 22, 2014
Great dress for hospital foundation gala.
I am 5'2" and 125 lbs. the 2 fit great but was a little longer than I wanted. I felt a tiny bit like the mother of the bride. I'm 45 but felt like this dress made me look a little older. My friends and husband disagreed and thought I looked great. Had a fun night and would definitely rent the runway again!
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Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 44
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 160lbs
May 27, 2015
Stunning dress - tons of compliments!
Beautiful dress. I felt beautiful and received compliments from complete strangers. Love the pockets - always fun. Fit great!
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
April 3, 2014
I got tons of compliments!
It runs big. I wore a 4 and never in my life have I been a 4. I usually wear an 8!
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 57
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
April 23, 2014
The event was a formal charity party/silent auction.
This is a nice dress and has a comfortable fit. However, the waist was LARGE. I normally wear an 8; the 6 was a better fit overall. The waist on the 6 was still too big and it really needs to fit snug with the dress design. I didn't think a 4 would be big enough in the upper area, so I opted to return it. This was my first time to try RTR and, while this order didn't work out, I have credit and plan to use them again.
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Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 62
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 143lbs
May 3, 2014
Backup dress-not worn, just too large
Pretty dress, the skirt is a bit too voluminous, it was also long, past my knee-- Did like it, and may have been an option if it was smaller size.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 58
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 120lbs
May 20, 2014
It was my girlfriend's daughter who got married. I know this friend since we were in 2nd grade!
The ladies who work at Rent The Runway are incredible! They helped me so much!!!! However, the dress was a little big on me. Initially I had ordered a 6, thinking it would fit. It was very big. Rent The Runway sent me a size 4 to my hotel in Garden City free of charge! I also rented the earrings. It was a very upscaled wedding and I could so many compliments. I told everyone where I got my dress. No one could believe it. One man told me if I had to return the dress by midnight! Had a blast. I'm intending on using Rent The Runway for my birthday and every occasion forward. Thrilled with the convenience, service and styles.
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 47
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 157lbs
June 2, 2014
Eye Catching and Glamorous!
The dress was more sparkly then I thought. I'm between a size 6 and 8 and received both sizes. I wore the 8 as it was most comfortable in the chest and arms. The 6 was better in the waist though. this dress does run large in the waist but for broad shoulders and a D chest I needed more room. It's a perfect length and nice for dancing.
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Size worn:
14
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 39
Body type: Pear
June 11, 2014
I didn't actually end up wearing it. While it fit in most places, the bust was too big.
It's a beautiful dress-love the waist details. However, if you're more of a pear shape like me who has trouble finding dresses that fit on top as well as on the bottom, this isn't the dress for you. The 14 ended up being too big on top while fitting everywhere else and the 12, my backup size, didn't fit at all.
DeniceSeptember 11, 2014
I had the same experience. The dress is beautiful----but too big on the top if you are small busted. Since the style tips say the dress is good for a pear-shaped figure, I thought it would work for me, but it did not. Did not wear it.
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 44
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
June 17, 2014
Dress is lovely and perfect for a formal affair! Lightweight fabric and pockets make it even better!
I wore this to a black tie wedding in Newport. The dress is lovely, came in excellent condition, and worked out perfectly! It definitely runs big. I am an 8, ordered the 6 and 8, and wore the 6. I wore the earrings on the model and got a clutch from RTR as well, all worked together beautifully. I wore a sparkly gold and silver shoe. The pockets were excellent and the fabric was much lighter weight then I was expecting and moved easily, I danced all night in it.. No complaints, the process is super easy, the stylist helped me put it all together and the dress fit just like described. Great experience.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
August 13, 2014
This dress made me feel absolutely amazing! Not only was it dressy, but it was comfortable too!
I'm a dress size 4/6 and the 2 fit me perfectly! I would say that it runs a bit large . The great thing about this dress is that there are pockets! As a person who sniffles a lot(especially at weddings), having tissues handy is a plus. I couldn't ask for a better dress. The material is rich and thick, but not heavy. Can work for different seasons and you can wear just about any undergarment you can think of without a problem.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 60
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
September 18, 2014
It was black tie, and this short dress suited the occasion beautifully.
Fit great, although I'm glad I saw the other reviews, because I ended up with the smaller size, which I've never worn before. Beautiful dress, very flattering.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 49
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
March 10, 2014
...
I received a lot of compliments on the dress. I usaully wear a 4 or 6 depending on the make, I wish size 2 in this dress would have been available to try. Very easy process
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 130lbs
October 14, 2014
This is such an elegant dress! It looks even more beautiful in person!
It is an absolutely gorgeous dress, perfect for a wedding. I loved the beaded center and the fabric is soooo comfortable. Pockets are a cool addition. The dress does run large as others have noted. i ordered a 4 and 6 bc I am in between usually but a 2 would have been fine. Also I am 5'2" and it would have fit better if it came in a petite size. I thought it had too much of a flare (probably bc of my hip size) so if you're looking for a fitted dress, this isn't it. Be careful wearing jewelry that might get caught on the fabric bc it will pull the thread! If you get the right size, this is a MUST to rent.
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 49
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 170lbs
May 4, 2015
Great dress. Wonderful service.
I wore this dress to a charity gala and it was great. Very comfortable. Runs large. I ordered a 12 and the 10 as a back up and ended up wearing the 10 but probably could have worn an 8. I also rented the Nicole Miller Teardrop Pearl Earrings and they matched very nicely. Will be using RTR in the future!
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 119lbs
October 26, 2015
I wore this for my bachelorette party and it was great! I loved how it was so shiny!
I originally tried this on as a 0 and it fit, but the 2 was just more comfortable. I was concerned about the fit around my waist, but it was fine!
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 55
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
December 1, 2015
I received many compliments on this dress. It was comfortable, sparkling and noticeable.
I usually wear a size 8, but in this dress the 8 was too baggy. The size 6 fit very well although a tiny bit snug under my arms. Loved the pockets!
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
January 1, 2016
Very comfy
I selected both the 6 and 8 as I usually wear 6 but wanted to play it safe. This dress in 6 runs fairly large and it was roomy everywhere. On the plus side, it was incredibly comfy, perfectly glitzy for my event and had pockets!
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Age: 40
February 26, 2016
Beautiful wedding at a vineyard, and the dress was perfect - I received compliments all night long!
Fitted on the top, with PLENTY of room from the hips down. Very elegant and a nice alternative to black...
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 62
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
September 8, 2017
I wore this dress to my daughter's wedding!
I ordered this dress in size 6 with backup 8. The 6 was loose so I was able to get a 4 at the last minute and it fit great! This dress is very comfortable, glamorous and even has pockets which I loved for my lipstick! The service is wonderful at RTR! I would definitely recommend them and this dress was perfect!
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 49
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 115lbs
August 3, 2014
Beautiful dress. Received a lot compliments.
Runs small. I'm a zero and other descriptions said it ran small. Ordered 2 and 4. Size 2 was snug around arms and bust (I'm a size 34 C). Size 4 was too big in the back and waist but perfect in arms and bust. The material was comfortable and the style is classy, sophisticated and elegant. My husband said I was radiant I felt like a princess.
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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 32
Bust size: 38C
Body type: Apple
June 5, 2015
Way too small, unable to wear
Do not rent if you have large breasts.
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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 60
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 175lbs
July 24, 2015
Did not Fit.
Ummm. Love this designer and everything has fit well before. This dress seemed very short waisted and did not fit me at all. Very disappointed because the fabric was light and perfect for a dressy evening wedding. The pleating shot out way to high.
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Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 52
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
May 5, 2015
Reaction to this dress was INSANE. I've never received as many compliments as I did with this dress
I typically wear a 2-4, but this size 0 fit perfectly. I'm 5'2" and it hit bottom of knee. I thought dress was nice, nothing spectacular. I wore to my husband's work awards ceremony, a huge event with 500+ attendees. I swear, half of them came over to tell me how fabulous the dress was.
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 57
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
March 4, 2014
Besides looking elegant with plenty of compliments, the dress travels well. Easy to pack.
My garment bag was crammed in small overhead bins on two different flights. Arrived at my hotel, pulled out my dress and it was ready to go! This dress travels well! Needed to convert my bra to racer-back. Length was at mid knee cap, I'm 5'2. Classy length. The gold is a muted or pastel gold. What I did not notice from the photo was that the beading on the waist has black as well as gold, white and silver. Since my gold shoes seemed to clash, I decided to wear black satin shoes, black cocktail bag and black pearls w/ gold/crystal accents. This is a classy sophisticated dress. I wore it to a evening wedding. Will rent it again for a special luncheon.
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 25
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
March 10, 2014
I felt so glittery in this dress! I wore it to a sorority formal and received tons of compliments!
I'm 5'3'' so this dress hit just below my knees. I could still wear a regular bra (good for big busts), and it has these nifty snaps to keep your bra straps from popping out. Great for full range mobility and dancing!!
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Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 56
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
April 16, 2014
Beautiful fabric , and loved the shoulder cut of this dress
Wore to spring wedding, very comfortable all night!loved that it had pockets. Wore with cream shawl!
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 59
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 125lbs
April 22, 2014
Very Pretty
I was very pleased with the fit and look of this dress. The pockets add a fun twist to an elegant piece...great place to keep your lip gloss handy. True to size and very comfortable.
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Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
May 24, 2014
Very pretty!
This was a great dress but I ended up picking a different dress for the event we were going to.
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 45
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Apple
Weight: 160lbs
June 13, 2014
I thing i am going to rent the drees always from rent runaway.
The dress was very confutable .!!
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 52
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
June 19, 2014
This dress is classy and easy to wear. I received SO MANY compliments!!
I am an event planner and wore this to my annual black tie in DC. You can't imagine how happy I was when I discovered the dress has pockets! I was able to carry my phone, charger, lipstick and event cheat sheet and didn't have to bother with a handbag. There is a lot of fabric in the skirt in the front. It's essentially one enormous pleat. Perfect if you want to hide your tummy (or pockets full of stuff). I was complimented all night long on how great I looked. This was my first Rent the Runway experience. I'll definitely be back!
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Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 62
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
August 29, 2014
I wore this for my daughter's wedding! I absolutely loved it and so did everyone else!
This dress fit perfectly. I usually wear a 12 but the dress does run a bit big. The 10 was perfect.
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Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 32
Body type: Pear
October 8, 2014
Beautiful dress - really shines.
The dress fit perfectly and was the perfect outfit for a formal wedding.
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36D+
Body type: Apple
Weight: 155lbs
November 10, 2014
I received many compliments! Beautiful dress!
I wore this dress to my bridal shower. It's a beautiful dress, and I received many compliments. I may have been overdressed, but I'll take that over the alternative. I went with the size 12. Also, I am a DDD on top, and It was a little tight, but the size up was too large everywhere else. Would rent this dress again!
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Size worn:
14
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 32
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
November 28, 2014
The color was fun and not to over the top.
This was sent to me as a replacement dress after my original order was damaged. I wore this dress to afternoon tea for my 29th birthday. It fit nicely and is comfortable. It felt a little more formal than a usual afternoon tea dress, but it was my birthday, so I didn't mind. Hits at about the knee, and you can wear a regular bra with it.
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 155lbs
March 16, 2015
Beautiful, classy and comfortable!
I got this dress in a size 8 and it fit so perfectly; it was not tight or loose, fit just right! I loved the material and the way the dress laid on me. Very classy and elegant. I received many compliments from strangers, even the man working at the art museum walked over to me to tell me how beautiful the dress was. My Fiance got a kick out of all the compliments I received that day. We had a great date day/night!
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 115lbs
March 29, 2015
Pretty fabric, but I didn't feel pretty
It hit just below the knee, making my 5'4" look really short. It made me look like a solid column. Hit above my natural waist. Felt frumpy and pudgy.
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Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 41
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
March 31, 2015
did not end up wearing this. I wore the Vivienne Westwood Aztech instead.
I did try it on and it fit true to size and was comfortable. You could wear silver or gold heels
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