Carven's Guillaume Henry is a child of the '90s, so it's no surprise that like many of his 30-something counterparts, the French designer looked to that era when designing his Spring 2014 collection. But Henry is not just any designer, and his interpretation of the looks of the time still had a decidedly couture influence.
The collection's signature round-shoulder jacket and skirt suits were narrowed and shortened this season, and worn with black chokers. Unexpected prints are now a Carven staple, and this time around he did a colorful, almost-floral camo and a digital floral that reminded me of an Anne Geddes photo. It was ironically cool, and also beautiful—especially the floral appliqué details that accented some of the jackets.
Much like Phillip Lim, Henry is brilliant at making the commercial compelling, and it's no surprise that people who favor Lim's "classics with a twist" are drawn to Henry as well. But the French designer has set himself apart by taking advantage of the Carven atelier and its Parisian suppliers—the clothes look high-end, even if the prices are (fairly) reasonable.