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Carven Cruise/Resort 2013

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New York: A Chequered Past, Peter Schlesinger’s photo book that chronicles style in 60s and 70s London, served as a jumping off point for Guillaume Henry’s latest Carven collection. Kicky A-line miniskirts, shrunken jackets, and double-breasted coats with a rounded silhouette seemed to represent the former decade, while paisley-printed separates and clunky platforms were a nod to the latter. Playful color combinations – royal purple with peach, mustard with sky blue – made looks feel charmingly offbeat. Henry’s designs tend to seem intended for pretty young things, and this offering continued in that vein. Though fitted jackets, skirt suits, walking shorts, and A-line dresses would work for women of all ages, flirty frocks with cutouts, cropped tops, and drawstring-waist overalls will speak to the label’s younger fans. ­–Joanna Manganaro

Silhouette: Fit-and-flare / Rounded / Boxy

Color: Mustard / Royal purple / Sky blue / White / Peach / Papaya / Navy / Gold / Black / Lipstick red

Key Items: Skirt suits / Fit-and-flare dresses / Double-breasted coats / Paisley cropped pants

Materials: Tweed / Wool suitings / Filmy lace / Taffeta / Silk charmeuse / Cotton shirtings

Print + Pattern: Scribbly illustrations of a city / Paisley

Details + Trim: Contrast sleeves / Piecing / Double-breasted closures / Drawstring waists / Cutouts / Wrapping / Patch pockets

Accessories + Footwear: Mesh bags / Ladylike bags / Color blocked platform sandals / Color blocked ankle strap flats / Printed loafers / Ankle bow D’Orsay heels / Printed ballet flats

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