Paris: Citing French proto-feminist Simone de Beauvoir as an inspiration, Carven’s Guillaume Henry created a look for Fall 2011 that was a little bit proper bourgeois, a little bit subversive – a winning combination that should find a lot of fans in a lot of age groups.  While the Carven girl still prefers to button up her blouses to the very top, there was also an insinuation of a newfound sexual liberation in the collection. A draped tartan top that hugged the form, a black dress with peak-a-boo cut-outs, a skirt suit worn only with a bra, unexpected skin-tight knicker shorts, and a slightly shruken silhouette, among other things, added up to a healthy dose of insouciance that balanced the primness of the pieces.  Make no mistake, the Carven girl is well on her way to embracing womanhood.

Color: Peach, dusty royal blue, chartreuse, red, burgundy, gold, ochre, tartan print

Key Items: Brocade print tunic shirt-jacket / Lion embellished sweater / Lace cocktail dress / Blazer with faux fur collar / Black mini-dress with peek-a-boo cut-out

Materials: Lace / Silk / Tweed / Wool / Silk taffeta / Cotton / Faux fur / Fur / Leather / Patent leather

Details + Trim: Draping / Bracelet-lenght sleeves / Pintuck skirt / Toggles / Pleating / Pleated Colors / Deconstructed bows

Footwear + Accessories: Platform patent loafer wedges / Classic suede pumps / Covertible wristlet clutch shoulder bag

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