It seems crazy when you think that Guillaume Henri only took over Carven three years. In this time – only two years for the menswear range – the designer has managed to relaunch the the French maison previously known for Haute Couture as an icon of contemporary fashion.
The excitement that anticipated his menswear debut has been followed by consecutive successful collections which have gained him a cult following within the industry. His latest offering for SS13 was presented at Pitti, where Henri had been asked to take the guest spot. The collection, described as 'Paris meets Firenze', proposed immaculate, tailored and easy to wear classics with the sartorial flavour of Italy – bold patterns, bright-coloured tailoring. It mixed the casual with the formal: sportswear (short) shorts worn with loafers and smart shirts, checked suits layered under a leather jacket. And it is exactly these juxtapositions that define my personal philosophy to get dressed, making this Carven collection my perfect 24/7 summer wardrobe. A selection of this SS13 collection are currently on sale at MatchesFashion.com. Below are my favourites.
Left to right and top to bottom: Red Seersucker single-breasted jacket, Dual weave sweater, Slim cotton trousers, Tech Bomber jacket, Contrast under-the-collar jacket, Feather Embroidered Shorts, Contrast sleeve shirt,