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Show Report: Carven S/S 14 Menswear

by Lou Stoppard on 26 June 2013

Lou Stoppard reports on the Carven S/S 14 menswear show.

Lou Stoppard reports on the Carven S/S 14 menswear show.

Guillaume Henry is an optimistic designer. His clothing is always light and easy - like a Wes Anderson film. In fact, there was something Moonrise Kingdom-ish about his S/S 14 offering with those sixties shapes, schoolboy satchels and geeky sun hats. He'd been inspired by the idea of artists working away in France, hence the bright painterly palette. Indeed, the models almost looked like walking swatches of paint against that stark brown wall decorated with white crockery. There was an air of a summer picnic about those hues - the pale blue resembled a summer sky, while that green could have been lush grass and the yellow a glass of refreshing lemonade. That vision is very apt for Carven, you can imagine their man lounging around outside in France having a lovely, picture-perfect day.

But this wasn't all romance. Henry had toughened up the tweeness that can slip into his work by including denims and sturdy zips. They moved the collection from being an ode to school uniforms to a set of functional items for a grown-up man who likes to look cheery, rather than childish.

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