Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Paris: Since his debut collection for Carven just two years ago, Guillaume Henry has enjoyed both critical and commercial success. He offers the magic combination of wearability, femininity, and a touch of whimsy that retailers (and their customers) love. For spring, Henry did not disappoint. The collection had a tinge of the 70s, with earthy tones, extra-wide collars, wide-leg pants and narrow trench coats. But Henry added a French element with cutouts in organic shapes inspired by the famed Art Nouveau architect, Hector Guimard. Skirts were voluminous with curved hemlines, creating a bell-shaped silhouette. Contrast shirt collars, popping out of the necklines of sweaters and dresses and adorning button-up shirts, are becoming something of a Carven signature, offering that appealing bit of innocence that has come to define the label. –Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: Bell-shaped / A-line / Cropped and wide / Slim
Color: Black / Charcoal / Navy / Burgundy / Taupe / Chocolate / Dove grey / Lipstick red / Rust / White / Pumpkin / Cinnamon / Tan / Cream
Key Items: Wide-lapel blazers / Bell-shaped skirts / Trench coats / Wide-leg pants / Dresses with cutouts / Cropped sweaters
Materials: Suitings with a sheen / Chunky tweeds / Airy silks / Laser-cut leather / Lace / Heavy canvas / Medium-gauge yarns / Crisp cotton / Textural leather / Patent leather
Print + Pattern: Vintage-inspired safari motifs / Color blocking
Details + Trim: Organic cutouts / Epaulets / Self-belts / Curved hemlines / Sweetheart necklines / Contrast collars / Wide lapels / Laser cutouts / Lace panels
Accessories + Footwear: Plastic frame round sunglasses / Tortoise shell and metal breastplate necklaces / Small frame bags / Butterfly-shaped bags / Chunky platform loafers with and without ankle straps
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