26 September 2013 by

Carven Spring Summer 2014 Show Report: Garden Armour

Guillaume Henry’s girl at the Carven show this morning was a perfect blend of sweet and sassy. Inspired, he explained backstage by, “souvenirs from the nineties and the girls from my school and college who always looked really cool, but didn’t spend tons and tons of money to get their wardrobes," the collection offered up a host of Instagram baiting pieces which were at once striking and throw-on.

Camouflage, pink and blue gingham and feminine florals offered tried and tested motifs for Henry to play with. But as usual it was his application of ideas to the ubiquitous prints that made the collection so special.

Rose tattoo-like appliqués were stitched to voluminous jackets and overcoats while floral printed dresses were clashed with camo oversized blazers in inventive palettes - think magenta, mint and lavender. Brigitte Bardot's favourite check was given Henry's cool girl treatment with gingham knife pleated skirts integrated into sleeveless dresses. The ginghams and floral appliqués created a slight rockabilly feel, updated for a whole new generation of gal pals.

Several matching skirts and jackets featured but Henry's look was about as far away from the boxy, power suit as you could get. Instead A-line skirts buttoned up the front and were paired with utilitarian blown up jackets. "It's a wardrobe of great dresses, blazers and nice simple skirts - nothing is too overworked," Henry said.

While everything was indeed well judged that didn't equate to blandness. 'Mullet' dresses with two hemlines- short at the front and longer at the back were seen in day to night dresses each with mid-bicep  straps. Mini dresses were embellished with scrolled crochet belts while full gingham skirts were matched with sleeveless black shirts knotted at the navel.

Basically there was much that will please Henry's growing legion of devotees and with his first London store opening on the horizon you can be sure these pieces will soon be making their way on to the backs of our capital's hip set.


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