FRENCH CONNECTION: Does Carven have its eye on French designer Alexis Martial? According to market sources, the Paris-based fashion house is in contract talks with Martial, currently creative director of Iceberg’s women’s wear line. Reached on Friday, a Carven spokesman said he could not confirm the information and declined further comment.

Carven has been searching for a successor to Guillaume Henry, who exited the brand last September after a fruitful five-year stint and is to join Nina Ricci as its new creative director, effective Jan. 5.

This story first appeared in the December 8, 2014 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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