Carven drew all the big fashion names to the Jeu de Paume Trianon in the Tuileries Gardens for their spring/summer show, and the brilliant array of last season’s bright silks, prints and jewel tones on the International editors acted as a veritable smorgasbord setting for the banquet of colour that was to come.Carven’s girl had been on quite the Gap Yah, adopting South American folk prints, neon paint tones from Thailand and hippie-luxe backpacks in with her preppy girl uniform of Alexa Chung blouses and leather shorts. Beginning in a pallete of cobalt blue and black of blazers, pleated school skirts and dark glasses our girl then discarded her Blair Waldorf image and embarked on an international acid trip, graduating from sunflower yellow and beige to a electric multicoloured chevron stripes. Everything was short, short, short from skater skirts to cropped blouses and little leather jackets with peter pan collars. Necklines were high but midriff cut-outs played up to expectations in cheeky sophistication. Artisan embroidery and metal pailettes added a festive and delicate touch. In collaboration with Upla, the bright jaquard backpacks combined traditional rustic inspirations with the practical needs of our city dwelling Carven girl. The coup de couer de jour were the embroidered platforms, decorated with jingling bells.
- Words and images: Imogen Roy