Carven Time Travels To Swinging London for Resort, Unveils New Collaboration

We've yet to walk away from seeing a Carven collection without wanting everything. Resort 2012 is no exception. Designer Guillaume Henri told us t
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We've yet to walk away from seeing a Carven collection without wanting everything. Resort 2012 is no exception. Designer Guillaume Henri told us t
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Photo: CARVEN

We've yet to walk away from seeing a Carven collection without wanting everything. Resort 2012 is no exception.

Designer Guillaume Henri told us the playful, colorful collection was inspired by Peter Schlesinger's A Checkered Past, a photo book documenting the '60s and '70s in London (which we now want--you can buy it here). "The photos are so fresh, so colorful and [Schlesinger] was surrounded by cool people from the early '70s...girls like Bianca Jagger, Amanda Lear, Paloma Piccasso," Henri said. "So [the collection is] all about the colors, the happy mood, and I really wanted to get this kind of British feeling in the early '70s when it was inspired by India...Altogether the girls should look like a bouquet."

A description that couldn't be more apt as the presentation in the Meatpacking district featured models atop ladders (yes it was nerve wracking to watch them climb up there) and sprawled out on metal park chairs under a beautiful floral installation. In spite of the heat and humidity (it was pouring and muggy outside) models looked comfortable and cool in mod-ish suits, paisley-print dresses (with paisley printed platforms to match), and those classic wrapped Carven cocktail dresses.

The Carven girl may have been swept up by swinging London, but she's still Parisian to her core. "She's just traveling," Henry reassured us. "We do still have Parisian print on some pieces, like on one dress the print is a map of Paris from the 14th century." Plus the printed leather loafers we wanted to steal right off the models' feet are a new collaboration with French brand Zespa. "It's a really cool brand based in the south of France in Marseille, and everything is done by hand," Henry said. "It's just two guys and they're really passionate. I felt like she would wear their shoes, so the best thing was to work with them over trying to do something that looks like them."

Click through to see the collection: Photos: Jean-Etienne Portail