Carven Pre-Fall 2013

Carven Pre-Fall 2013

New York: The “nerdette” trend has been brewing over the past several seasons, and designer Guillaume Henri has been at the center of its emergence. The sweet yet brainy clothing that he has been putting out for Carven has garnered the French label a loyal following. This season, Henri stuck to his formula, offering a range of A-line skirts, vintage-y coats, and simple dresses. Hemlines were often the focus, as the designer showed various dramatically curved, tilted, or notched versions. Splotchy motifs and nubbly tweeds added a textural element, while filmy lace tops were a delicate contrast to the heavier materials. A colorful print that was used for twee shirtdresses looked as if it had been inspired by the magazine collages often found in a teenage girl’s room. Though the clothes were youthful, they were certainly not immature. Sumptuous fabrics and skillful tailoring ensured they will appeal to nerdettes of all ages.–Joanna Manganaro

Silhouette: A-line / Fit-and-flare / Cocoon

Color: Poppy / Butternut / Kelly green / Charcoal / Burgundy / Ice blue / Buttercream / Camel / Teal / Black / Navy / Iridescent emerald / French blue / Mint / Caramel

Key Items: A-line skirts / Skirt suits / Printed dresses / Vintage-inspired coats / Tailored jackets

Materials: Spongy wool / Printed silks / Slick leather / Tweed / Lace / Taffeta / Crisp cotton / Heavy organza / Brushed bouclé / Smooth leather / Iridescent leather

Print + Pattern: Textural splotches / Tropical leaves / Damask / Magazine clippings

Details + Trim: Self-belts / Tilted, curved or notches hemlines / Extra-large collars and lapels / Flounces / Fur trim / Contrast collars

Accessories + Footwear: Round glasses / I.D. bracelets with charms / Structured clutches / Rounded top-handle bags / Ribbed over-the-knee tights / Color blocked sandals


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