In just five years, Guillaume Henry made French contemporary label Carven cool and relevant for a new generation. Now that he's headed off to Nina Ricci (he starts Jan. 5), the charming artistic director has left some pretty big shoes to fill.
And now we have an idea of who may be filling them. According to WWD's "market sources," Carven is in contract talks with Alexis Martial, who is currently the creative director at Italian brand Iceberg. A Carven spokesperson tells Fashionista that the company has "not advised" on a successor yet.
It's not surprising Carven would be interested in Martial: Since joining Iceberg last year, Martial has done for Iceberg what Henry has done for Carven, strengthening its point of view and adding a touch of quirky youthfulness. Before Iceberg, Martial worked under Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy.
While I'm definitely going to miss Guillaume's designs for Carven -- his Parisian preppy-cool aesthetic was right up my alley -- it will be interesting to see what he does at Nina Ricci, and what Carven looks like under Martial, if he is indeed appointed to the role.