As we try to figure out what exactly resort is (vacation-wear? transitional pieces? introduction to the spring season?), one description that’s beginning to feel apt, is that it’s the season for wanderlust, where designers get to indulge all their travel fantasies.
It felt particularly true for Carven‘s Guillaume Henry, whose mind wandered all the way to Mali in the ’60s for resort inspiration. The designer, whose collections are typically very Francophile, took inspiration from Malian photographer Malick Sidibé–when I peeked backstage after the show, I saw Sidibé’s seminal book, The Portrait of Mali mixed in with the collection’s accessories.
Sidibé’s influence could be felt in the brightly-colored patterned accessories: The Birkenstock-esque sandals and wedges, and the square ladylike bags, which became delightfully quirky in the unexpected blue-yellow geometric print. The collection’s artfully folded skirts and dresses also seemed to owe something to the pagne, a traditional Malian garment. Rounding out the collection’s accessory offerings, are three flat sandals designed in collaboration with Ancient Greek Sandals.
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