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Carven Fall 2014

A steady stream of ultra-wearable, ladylike silhouettes provided the groundwork for the Carven fall/winter collection, while saturated color and eye-catching accents—from softly folded collars to touches of sparkle and bold collage prints—added modern panache.

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A ’90s Flashback at Carven

American pop culture from the ’90s meets couture craftsmanship at Carven spring/summer 2014.

When you think of Hollywood cool girls from the ’90s, Drew Barrymore, Alicia Silverstone, Claire Danes, and Liv Tyler immediately come to mind. The vision of these platform-wearing, midriff-baring, vintage print-pairing teen dreams provided Guillaume Henry with a reference point to further develop his position on easy elegance.

Key prints create contrast in the form of multicolor camouflage, rich floral print and classic gingham.

The scene backstage at the Grand Palais des Champs-Elysées. “When working on this collection, I looked at my own souvenirs from the ’90s,” the Parisian designer tells The Thread.

Argentine model Magda Laguinge dons a fresh floral mini.

Lithuanian head-turner Agne Konciute mirrors the image of Carven coolness.

Subtle rodeo references add to the playfulness of the collection.

Carven’s boyfriend coat will be essential on breezy spring nights.

“As a teenager, super cool girls surrounded me and they all really dressed quite the same: wearing a simple cardigan, a tube skirt, a heavy shoe, a little necklace and a huge jacket,” says Henry. “The girls would pretend that they were wearing their boyfriend’s jacket, which wasn’t so true. So I wanted to get this feeling of the boyfriend jacket. We had the boyfriend pant, and now we have the boyfriend coat.”

Choker necklaces complete each look and also play up the ’90s vibe.

Rose appliqués add a scrapbook nostalgia to key pieces within the collection.

Skin-baring eveningwear in luxe fabrics concludes the youthful narrative for spring.

Qianna Smith
Photos by Ford Leland

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Behind the Seams with Carven’s Guillaume Henry

Simplistic sophistication was on full display at the Grand Palais today, where Carven’s Guillaume Henry enlightened us with a fall fashion story that emphasized an effortless nonchalance.

Henry’s approach to women’s wear is never overthought. Backstage, we discussed his perspective on beauty and dressing for the coming season.

“This season I was inspired by an unsexy and vulnerable woman. My girl is attractive, but she’s not trying too hard. I referenced French actresses like Isabelle Adjani when she was in her 20s and Béatrice Dalle,” says Henry, who took over creative reigns of the Carven house in 2009. “Marilyn Monroe was also a muse, but as she was seen in her free time with no makeup, very carefree. She was such an iconic actress, but she craved anonymity and I love that.”

The highlight of the collection? The oversized coats, sure to provide an understated cool to winter ’13.

Qianna Smith
Photos by Ford Leland