The Carven man had grown up for A/W 14. And by that I mean he had developed from sweet pastel-wearing school boy to insolent teen, hanging out in the pool hall.
Guillaume Henry has a way of making every design look like uniform; school uniform, work uniform, military uniform - we've seen it all at Carven. But today the styling and slouchy fit of those collarless shirts and navy tailored trousers looked like these boys had done a hard day's work and were now ready to get out of the office and kick back. Perhaps as a result of that wintery palette of black, camel, navy and white, this collection had a darker vibe than usual. The sweetness, optimism and innocent primness had gone. And while typical Carven whimsy came through in the smallest details - whether sweet, haphazardly placed fuzzy hats, or a shirt embellished with scrawled words and doodles that could have been done by a bored teen whiling his way through college - this collection felt more masculine and less boyish.
Still, it's a well-known fact that as children hit the teen years they develop attitude, and actually this new found moody, sassy spirit suited the Carven boy. Those fur collared coats and low slung suit trousers suggested he'd shrugged off his goody-two-shoes reputation, while that velvet suit made him look positively gothic, especially when accompanied by his Wednesday Addams lookalike female counterpart. And while committed Carven shoppers may miss the cute cuts and colours of past seasons, everyone knows bad boys get the glory in the end.