For Carven's Fall 2012 runway show, designer Guillaume Henry turned out models in cheeky Peter Pan collars, playful pinafore dresses, and head-to-toe tapestry prints. Key-hole slits updated basic dress silhouettes, and intriguing cutouts covered everything from tops to skirts, even jackets. We can't get enough of this quirky collection; watch on to see the entire show.
If you weren't already a fan of designer Guillaume Henry's clean lines and approach to It-girl style, Carven's Fall 2012 collection will prove a superchic match point. Drawing from a decidedly Medieval mood, the line boasted strong ecclesiastical references that included, but weren't limited to, cathedral-style laser cutouts, rich tapestry motifs, a stained-glass color 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 retro 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 style-setter crew (think Alexa Chung and Rachel Bilson) rocking Guillaume's Carven-cool all year long.
- Trends: Ecclesiastical references, laser-cut suede, A-line skirts, tapestry-laden prints, and bright stripes.
- Colors: 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.
>> Six seasons in and Guillaume Henry has etched out quite the niche at Carven. The quirky coquette charm continues for Fall 2012 with a whole new selection of pinafore dresses and Peter Pan blouses to covet. This time around, however, the signature pieces come covered in ecclesiastic references and Renaissance-inspired shapes. If all that sounds too serious, don't worry, it's not. The pinafore dresses are still short and swingy, it's just that now they come with fitted bodices, keyhole necklines, bell-shaped skirts, or hip-accentuating flares. Also worked into the offering: a gorgeous mix of color, pattern, and print. It came in the form of Hieronymus Bosch-inspired prints, stained-glass-inspired cutout motifs, fur colors, tapestry fabrics, and multihued blanket stripes. "It's playful, but not that strict. She has to be elegant and she can't be too girly. It's about contrasts," Henry explained.