Paris Fashion Week Coverage: Carven Spring 2014 Collection

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Before Guillaume Henry, Carven was a French label without a French following. In fact, Carven remained a marginal name in high fashion for 16 long years after Madame Carven’s retirement. Now, it is the go-to brand for youthful, unpretentious clothes featuring pretty prints and couture-like construction. Carven is now known for providing wardrobe cornerstones for such stylish minxes as Alexa Chung, Susanna Lau, and Emma Stone. As each season passes, we see Carven’s success story grow into something of a legend, and Henry is the capable provider of fantastical fashions that fuel the brand’s evolving accomplishments.

For SS14, Guillaume Henry pulls from the influential 90s for easeful silhouettes and irreverent details.

For Spring/Summer 2014, Henry pulls from the influential 90s for easeful silhouettes and irreverent details. However, he’s not interested in the costuming aspect of co-opting from a past decade; instead he’s interested in how to turn iconic looks into something wearable for the 21st century. On Carven’s runway, hemlines are short – graced at times with bell-shaped skirts that add bifurcated length to the looks. Prints are cheerful and bright with eye-popping florals and cloud-like camo prints tinged with old-fashioned ginghams. Round-shouldered jackets and trenches are treated to boxier silhouettes and graphic stenciling. Rose appliqués and cutouts bring detailed dimension to the prints they’re paired with – a motif that Carven has worked with before. When filtered through the lens of Guillaume Henry’s vision, 90s style looks fresh, radical, and directional.

Photos: Courtesy of GoRunway

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