Carven’s customary clean and minimalistic take on fashion, was stripped back even further this season to sporty, cocoon like shapes. They were cut from unforgiving fabrics that lent a rigidity and sculptural aspect to the finished garments, concentrating the attention on form, over detail. The minimal colour palette of Fire Red, Camel, Navy and Black only served to place the emphasis back on the form and the precise construction still further.
Only the Fire Red and some outerwear pieces, a Blouson and a Peacoat, in deep pile polar fleece, gave a degree of warmth and softness to the collection. Seams, barely visible, were cut with a precision that has become the trademark of Carven, since Guillaume Henry took to the helm five years ago and helped propel the French couture house from obscurity, to being a red carpet favourite. Guillaume Henry has now left the brand, following his appointment as the new Creative Director at Nina Ricci, so it will be interesting to see where Carven will go from here.