It’s not hard to see yourself in Carven’s S/S 2012 collection, and I don’t mean in a dreamy, “if only…” kind of way. Designer Guillaume Henry, who wanted “the models to seem like a girl you would see in the street”, and actually staged a passer-by scenario for his Spring/Summer runway, booking only fresh faces in lieu of the usual top models and having the crowd sit on little sections of stairs, as the models weaved around them. “We tried to recreate the street for the show. It’s like you’re in a cafe and you see these girls walking by,” he describes.
Models or not, the bevy of bright, young things were a perfect fit for the very girlish, very leggy, collection. The majority of pieces were baby doll dresses, flared skirts, and cocktail party frocks; none without the signature Carven twist—whether it be a lederhosen-like leather harness over a prim button down, a festive-colored twist fabric waist, a removable collar, or lace inset. And keeping tabs on the very last detail, Guillaume even placed bells on the girl’s heels, necklaces, and backpacks, explaining that “I wanted them to make some noise.”