Could anything be more Carven than a white buttoned up shirt with little cloud motifs scattered around its sheer sleeves? Rest assured fans of the gamine, très Parisienne brand, the new guys in charge, Alexis Martial and Adrien Caillaudaud, pretty much ticked every box and then some in their debut this morning. Not a mean feat. After all, Guillaume Henry, who makes his own debut at Nina Ricci on Saturday, created from scratch the brainy, cool, a little demure but very fun mademoiselle that is today's Carven girl.
Those aforementioned shirts plus some roomy print blouses, classic grey and navy sweaters and not-so-classic bright orange turtlenecks were tucked into sixties mini A-line skirts that sat high on the waist or unforgivingly tight high-waisted trousers, cropped to the ankle to show off the ribbed little socks and block mules that accompanied every look. Yes, trousers at Carven – lilac and blue and red and orange trousers and printed and leather trousers that managed to steal the limelight from all those pretty mini skirts although one in simple camel and a two-tone blue turtleneck looked pretty good. A blue floral quilt-like biker jacket came with a matching skirt, white shirting layers peeked under dresses and skirts and the introduction of macramé towards the end added texture to the collection and the showed promise that new worlds might be explored. Until then, Carven will always have Paris.