Eye on the Runway: Carven Pre-Fall 2013

Ever since Guillaume Henry revived Carven in 2010, the French house has catered to a certain type of understated cool customer. While it’s never courted trend-driven fashion followers, with pre-fall it’s entered the collective most-wanted list. Expect to see the collection everywhere in six months.

While shapes were simple (and supremely French), details were rich and very right now. Slim jackets were scooped up at the back with an oversized turtleneck in contrasting colors underneath, while deeply scalloped hems revealed slivers of thigh, getting the blood pumping in an otherwise sedate look.

Equally rousing were unexpected color combinations like plum and deep teal, or vermillion with a coat that looked like oxidized copper — knockouts that will surely inspire imitation. Louder looks included a myrtle-green metallic leather two-piece and a muted photo collage print that called to mind Robert Rauschenberg, but with Henry’s deft touch the effect was clever, wearable, and imminently covetable. The bar has been raised.

–Heather Corcoran

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