Tuesday, November 23, 2010


CARVEN, the French fashion house, was established in 1945 as a Petites collection, by the very adorable Madame Carven.

Talk about a slow burn. Suddenly, it's everywhere....

I admit, I'd never heard of Carven until Guillaime Henry took the creative reigns this year.  Ever since, bloggers and magazine columnists cannot stop raving about his masterful ready-to-wear collections.  The website boasts "feminine" pieces "free from ostentation".  So much is true.  Peter pan collars, demure A-line skirts, and camel overcoats are everywhere.  It's quite possible there are ladies who lunch, lunching in Carven right now.  But I'm drawn to the more funky/youthful looks in the Winter collection: high-waist leather shorts, artful cut outs or mesh panels, and supertight knotted jersey dresses. 

Every design is clean and purposeful, the kind of pieces that would make you appear pulled-together and sharp even with bedhead and zero makeup on.

Net-a-porter just singled out Carven as a What To Wear Now! choice (which should also give you an [unfortunate] indication of the price point the label falls into).  Still, with such critical praise, I think it'll be no time before Carvenesque details will be available to the unwashed masses via the racks of Le Chateau or H&M.

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