Fashion Week

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