Carven Ready To Wear Spring Summer 2013 Paris
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At Carven designer Guillaume Henry is going from strength to strength.

The young Frenchman continues to be full of eclectic ideas that have made his quirky design driven collections, highly covetable to both fashion ingénues and experts alike. In only four years Henry has already cultivated a clear style for the Carven brand. One were cropped sweaters, rounded stand away skirts, and endearing prints are always in the mix.

This season the designer was inspired by nature. Nature as seen though the eyes of Art Nouveau artists like Émile Gallé and Hector Guimard, and the nature spotted on an African safari.

It made for an interesting mélange that started out with a group of autumnal toned outfits in forest green, plum, and chocolate brown that were crafted  in curvy organic silhouettes. The kidney bean shaped cut outs that popped up on the torso of a dress or the chest of a jacket had an audacious charm. And one leather outfit embossed with a floral motif that had bits of the pattern cut out to create a curlicue effect- as if a child has taken scissors to her mother's favorite suit- was a clever way to create texture.

The African element to the show was reflected in the dresses with a toile de Jouy print but with a retro looking safari scene.  As for the Art Nouveau aspect, besides the voluminous skirts that dipped down in the back, and the abstract butterfly bakelite embellished handbags, there were in a series of dresses that finished the show- with large lace inserts on the bodice- that were both beautiful and bold.

- Jessica Michault
 

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