“Carven is one of France’s historic labels,” Lapo Cianchi, Pitti Immagine director of communications and events, said in a statement. “And now, with Guillaume Henry as artistic director, it is enjoying a new burst of strength…We are very pleased that [Henry and Carven] have accepted our invitation.”
Considering past guest designers have included Valentino and Rodarte, the new gig is certainly an honor for the young designer, who has been at the helm of Carven since it’s 2009 revival. He’s also only designed two menswear collections for the brand so far. But, given Henry’s extraordinary talent, it only took two collections for the organizers at Pitti to know he could be the next big thing.
“We were very impressed when we went to see the Winter collection in the Paris showroom last season, it harmonized perfectly with the general trend we are promoting at Pitti Uomo: a new, sartorial elegance and affordable luxury in menswear,” Cianchi said.
While details on what Henry’s presentation will look like are fuzzy, WWD is reporting he will present Carven’s spring-summer 2013 men’s collection “likely in a runway show format.”
Cianchi was a little more opaque saying, “We are convinced that Carven and Guillaume Henry will find the right conditions for moving forward with their project here at Pitti Uomo in Florence.”
Regardless, yet another reason Henry is one to watch.