Adrien Caillaudaud and Alexis Martial are confidently developing the look they have established during their first year at Carven. For pre-fall, they developed a playful mix-and-match lineup from their inspiration board, featuring images spanning schoolgirl street styles, a photo of an adolescent Prince Charles, Japanese motifs and Nineties British fashion magazines editorials.
School uniform elements — a classic navy felt coat trimmed in black cotton; toggles on Sixties-ish skirt suits; Lurex jacquard tartan — dominated the lineup. But the Japanese influence came through via tiny cherry blossom petal embroidery on tweed skirt suits and the Harajuku street-inspired platform creepers that anchored some wayward coed looks.
There was no shortage of novelty, but Caillaudaud and Martial were mindful of commercial appeal. To complete the offer, there were sporty logo T-shirts, quilted nylon zip-up jackets and ample outerwear options — big, rounded wool coats with slightly retro vibe, utilitarian coats and aviator leather zipped jacket. Lest the ultimate modern wardrobe essential go overlooked, the designers proposed several raw denim pieces, including long, slim jeans, a new boyfriend cut cropped jean and roomy jackets lined white faux shearling.