Before the first model even hit the runway at Carven’s fall 2013 show, a peculiar installation had guests lifting up their phones to snap a pic: The sawed off front and rear ends of beat up old cars (picture the one from Back to the Future) flashed their tail light and head lights. Those flashing tail lights later showed up as blurry digital prints (the first time we’ve seen this popular trend on the Carven runway) on silk black dresses that closed the show.
Carven’s creative director, Guillaume Henry, always likes his quintessentially ’60s Parisian girl to travel: She’s gone to swinging London for resort 2013; she’s gone on vacation to Brittany and Bavaria (remember the lederhosen in Spring 2012?); she’s gotten medieval on us (in Fall 2012), and this season, like in Back to the Future, she seems to have time traveled. Flash forward and believe it or not, there were hints of the garish ’80s in Carven’s fall line up in the way of bold zebra stripe pattern on leather dresses, tops and little box bags; a penchant for hot pink and pastels; and, yes, crimped hair. Has the Carven girl discovered Barbie?
But if the colors and prints seemed a bit outside Henry’s wheelhouse (and kudos to him for taking a risk) the actual cut and fabrication of these garments will delight Carven’s growing fanbase–particularly those sumptuous robe coats, which came in both long and short versions and often with matching skirts. I wanted to grab one off the model right then and there.