Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week S/S 2016: Carven’s Chic, Shadowy Color Story

Mini trend that might go maxi: pale pastels. The dusty pinks, grey lavenders, washed-out pistachio and baby blues on Parisian runways are feeling like a refreshingly low-key way to celebrate spring.

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At Carven, the entire runway room near the Jardin des Tuileries was covered in shadowy violet tones and highlighted by the softest blush. And on the runway itself, pale pastels were paired with sunny orange-reds and business blue, plus lots of silvery dove grey.

Get the whole color story here.

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Of course, recently appointed co–artistic directors Alexis Martial and Adrien Caillaudaud had lots more to offer than shades and hues. There was a distinctly ’60s vibe that came courtesy of miniskirts and suit sets, shaggy details, graphic trim and dots.

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And yet—as if not to be pinned down—they also showed reimagined uneven bandana-hem skirts, super cool streetwear-style T-shirts and terrific, wear-anywhere dresses and jackets.

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This was actually the brand’s first collection after the June passing of founder Madame Carven, and as reported in the story linked here, she was known and loved for her line’s perennially young yet practical attitude. 

Clearly, Martial and Caillaudaud (below) aren’t interested in straying from that cool-girl DNA.

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—Laura Cassidy