3… 2… 1… GO! It’s a race to the finish line at Carven’s Spring/Summer 2015 show as models took to the bright yellow tarmac of the runway in linear, modish crepe minis and streamlined jackets. Guillaume Henry’s message was speed, specifically influenced by Formula One, as he envisioned the Carven girl in an urgent, dynamic, and spontaneous light. For that reason, he kept tight reins on the silhouette, which was strictly A-line, with hemlines falling just above the knee.
Naturally, big blocky racing stripes helped carry the swift, no-nonsense style of the Carven runway forward, but what was most interesting about the presentation was how Henry teamed a pop art palette with artistic Japanese woodblock prints and luxurious python trim. With oversized, pointy collars and mod shapes, Carven also throws back to the era of the 1970s. Essentially, the formula for Spring/Summer 2015 was simple, but simplicity has its rewards. Carven’s glossy leather jackets, suede dusters and printed dresses hold instant appeal, the kind that sends retail buyers into a competitive frenzy, not to mention the bounty of great accessories also found in the collection, like patent bowling bags, cut-out boots and sassy flats. The Carven show crosses the finish line with a printed dress that featured Japanese nudes, ending the show on a racy, yet subtle note. Carven’s graphic, wearable, and unpretentiously arty elements prove to be a quick way to our hearts.
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