Carven shows Parisienne Pretty Personfied for A/W’13

by Katie on March 2, 2013

Guillaume Henry’s vision for Carven was as pretty as a picture. Even if that picture contained such references as silk screened rubber jacquard on sheer fabrics and car headlight prints, this collection oozed pretty femininity which seems to be the byword this Paris and Milan.
What impressed was the ability to combine prettiness with comfort. Huge voluminous coats not only gave a great line but belted and hugged close to the body in the softest wool, mohair or teddy-bear type melt. Henry’s pastel coloured, thick belted suits and coats were balanced by a new modernist attitude with aviators.
Pastel zebra printed, figure-hugging, high necked shifts were just the ticket as were the sexy oil slick metallic sheen of short skirts paired with large wool sweaters over shirts. This was an easy-wear collection of largely daywear appropriate separates that showed an old style Parisienne femininity that’s largely been lost to the severe minimalism that’s proved oh so au courant in the past few years.
There was enough short sassy skirt suits to keep the typical Carven customer happy but it was Henry’s play with sexy in peekaboo paneling, slits and barely-there tiger print, see through organza that made this a French classic. The high necked restraint and the perfectly matched colour palette only made this label a stronger must-see for next season. I very much approve.

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