PARIS—As if to hammer home the Medieval theme of his fall collection, Guillame Henry staged Carven’s show in a beautiful convent in St. Germain this morning.
The collection was full of what have become classic Carven silhouettes in the three years Henry’s led the house: nipped waists and full skirts, cropped jackets and short suits, but there were also fresh halter-neck shapes and balloon-like cocktail dresses with bouncing shoulders.
“We really analyzed how they were dressed at that time,” Henry said after the show, referring to the Middle Ages. “We thought, ‘Oh they look gorgeous! But how can we make them cool?’ That was the idea.”
The young designer’s Medieval inspiration didn’t stop there, “Let’s talk about Hieronymus de Bosch, [Pieter] Bruegel for example,” he said when asked about the bright prints on skirts and crisp button down tops. “In terms of colors, shapes and prints it was all about that.”
If, for some reason, you aren’t swept away by the Dutch master-inspired prints (in which case, really? Look again!), you might be tempted by the laser cut suede dresses in black, navy and olive green that emulate the not-too-sweet, totally French girl Henry knows so well.