2012 A/W Paris Fashion Week: Carven
If you weren't already a fan of designer Guillaume Henry's clean lines and approach to It-girl style, Carven's Autumn/Winter 2012 collection could prove persuasive. Drawing from a decidedly Medieval mood, the line boasted strong ecclesiastical references that included, but weren't limited to, cathedral-style laser cut-outs, rich tapestry motifs, a stained-glass colour palette, and scenery straight from the Middle Ages printed onto full A-line skirts. The jewel-toned blues, reds, and yellows fell onto tailored striped cropped pants and blazers, while evocative prints took shape in everything from blouses and shorts to pretty pinafores. As a bonus, we were treated to fur-lined collars, scallop-edged vests, and a totally new kind of buttoned-up shirt, which makes this youthful outpour quirkier by the minute. It's safe to say, we'll be seeing the likes of Alexa Chung and Rachel Bilson et al. working these looks all year round.
- Trends: Ecclesiastical references, laser-cut suede, A-line skirts, tapestry-laden prints, and bright stripes.
- Colours: Burgundy, blue, mustard yellow, burnt orange, camel, red, and black.
- Key Piece: There wasn't much we didn't love, but the cathedral-style cutout dresses and tapestry-printed pieces were standouts.
- Accessories: T-strap Mary Jane platforms and ultraround sunglasses.
- Who Would Wear It: Girls with an affinity to youthful, quirky pieces like Alexa Chung, Rachel Bilson, and Elle Fanning.