The next chapter in Carven's history was written on Thursday as the designer duo of Alexis Martial and Adrien Caillaudaud introduced the world to the new Carven girl.
The official announcement that the pair would be the brand's artistic directors was only made three days ago. But this was not a stopgap show. The sporty silhouettes and slightly sixties-inspired vibrant printed pieces connoted a collection with a clear vision of where the designers want to take the house.
One thing that hasn't changed at Carven is that it’s still courting the young Parisienne. The duo even did a bit of street style casting and used real Parisiennes girls as some of the models in the show. A touch that helped give the lineup of high-waisted pants (a blossoming trend of the season), short A-line skirts and girly cloud-patterned shirts a nonchalant cool.
There is no denying that Martial and Caillaudaud come from the Nicolas Ghesquière school of design. But they are in good company and their fresh color palette and flirty dresses will have curb appeal. Top marks for the miniskirts, which were embellished with bands of textural smocking and pretty ruffled hems, and the fitted floral dresses that broke open at the hemline to let a flounce underskirt peek out. The breaks in the fabric were also cleverly echoed in strips of contrasting fabric inserted at the waist.
Only the matchy matchy styling of bag, shoes and skirts all in the same floral fabric or bold color felt outdated. No true Parisienne girl would ever be that intensely coordinated.