The Clothes: The Carven girl as imagined by designer Guillaume Henry is young, precious and Parisian at her core. Ever since Henry took the helm of the revived Carven label three years ago, we've kinda wanted to be that girl. Still do.
But the Carven girl has been traveling lately and getting a bit more grown up. For resort she hopped across the Channel to swinging London. And for spring 2013, she's traveling again. She "imagines herself as an aristocrat-like explorer...she lets herself be captivated by the exoticism of a bygone era of cultural conquests," the line sheets tell us.
The collection stuck to Carven's signature silhouettes--blazers with rounded lapels, girly dresses with tear-shaped cutouts, cropped sweaters with sharp little collars--but showed a moodier, darker palette to start. Navy, burgundy and dark green on suits and sweaters paired with wide leg cropped pants eventually gave way to a streak of orange-y red looks, romantic lacy numbers and quirky toile prints. If the start of the collection seemed somber for spring, the finale dresses set with lace lightened the mood. I found myself almost salivating over the last few looks--as well as the Robert Clergerie patent loafers.
The Hair & Makeup: Hair was slicked down, tucked behind the ears and parted way over to one side in a kind of curvy, imperfect part. As for the makeup, it was all about pink lips and emphasizing those cheekbones.
The Soundtrack: Nina Simone, "Sinner Man."
The Vibe: A big curved wooden wall erected in the galerie of the Grand Palais where Carven showed transformed the space--which is super grand and imposing--into something sleeker, more intimate, and more modern.
The Front Row: Dree Hemingway, Inès de La Fressange.
Celebrity We'd Most Like to See Wearing this Collection: Alexa Chung, Dree Hemingway, the Fanning sisters