CARVEN Summer 2013 ‘introduction’ collection, the Carven woman sits at a “déjeuner sur l’herbe”- a picnic in the garden at which the whimsical characters of Peter Schlesinger book ‘A Chequered Past’ might be guests -perhaps Bianca Jagger, Marisa Berenson, Marianne Faithfull, Amanda Lear, Paloma Picasso and Jane Birkin … Relaxed, but definitely inspired, she lets her Parisian allure be captivated by a certain British decadence.
She plays with contrast in her wardrobe; she blends everyday’s banality with spontaneity. Clothing is not sacred; she expresses herself playfully with a bit of mischievousness. She wears a lace blouse under a garden dress, goes to the market in a gown and meets her friends wearing her pajamas.
With the sweetness of early summer, the colors are mixed like a bouquet of blueberries, poppies, lavender, geraniums, and daffodils. Prints spotlight a vitamined palette: memories of the first trips to India with cashmere motives on silk, or nostalgia for a candid Paris with a sketched map of an engraving with acid details on heavy cotton basket weaves.
Fabrics are mixed with volumes and colors as a piece of David Hockney: a printed cotton mixed with technical taffetas, a shantung silk married to large basket weaves, a seersucker highlighted by a fishnet lace, a gingham linen cohabits with a nervous cotton trench…With her holiday clothes, the Carven woman carries her netted bag as an easy luggage or her camera case serving as a carryall… Among others, Guillaume Henry also signs his silhouettes with a leather printed moccasin created in collaboration with Zespà, as well as a 70s-style heeled platform shoe.