Guillaume Henry at the helm of the recently revived Carven house has yet to disappoint us. In fact, season after season, he continues to impress, delight, and inspire serious lust--which is OK since his wares are priced in a more contemporary range. For fall he showed us paisley prints on his signature bubble-skirted shift (this time it was slit at the back of the skirt and up the back--a great twist), laser cut eyelet suede skirts and dresses (the pattern was almost stained-glass like), bold saturated stripes on his classic tailored shorts and blazers, and he capped it all off with a cobalt silk number with wings at the shoulders that flapped as the model walked.
Today, after receiving congrats and cheek-cheek-air-kissing from fashionistas like Michelle Harper (who was wearing NAHM by Ally Hilfiger and Nary Manivong--we heard her say that she liked Hilfiger's stuff and wanted to support her) and Anna Dello Russo (who was wearing black leather and medallions-Versace?) we chatted with Henry to figure out just what he was feeling for fall. "We had in mind a girl inspired by the middle ages in terms of colors, prints and volume. it was all about this idea of a princess from the middle age," he explained. From lederhosen last spring, how did he get to le moyen age? "I have no idea," he confessed. "Maybe because last spring we were super colorful, fresh, white, poplin, crop top, flat shoes and all that, so in contradiction maybe we wanted her to get strong and less in the countryside and more in the city."
As for the future of the brand--which is rapidly expanding thanks to a fast-devoted following (us included), Henry confirms a fragrance is in the works that he hopes will "taste fresh."
And what about how designers are being treated today--exploited, disposable, even? "Oh I have no opinion," he answered very quickly. "I'm a designer and I just do my job. i hope everyone can be happy in this business and that's the most important thing. I'm very happy."