Alexis Martial and Adrien Caillaudaud’s Carven girl is something of a sartorial mixologist. For resort, they imagined her rooting through her granny’s wardrobe to plan outfits for a sun-soaked trip to Italy’s Aeolian Islands.
The result: Sixties/early Seventies ingénue with a strong urban streak. Into the suitcase go sporty jacquard logo minis, vintage slip-inspired dresses with contrasting ruffled hemlines peeking out, or embroidered 3-D guipure tunics with a Twiggy vibe to layer over swimsuits. She also packs deconstructed silk-chiffon skirts and surfer tank tops. Then, for sundown: retro knits — some sporting crystal patches or a dégradé flush inspired by Vulcano Island sunsets — and a ruffled frock in flocked-velvet nodding to both a vintage Madame Carven sketch and artist Yumi Okita’s patterned moth sculptures.
A playful clash of prints, colors, textures, naturals and synthetics, the line’s exclusive fabrics also dressed accessories. The design duo’s promise to “electrify” the Carven girl held true, literally, on cute sweatshirts embroidered with neon sign-inspired love hearts and black cables attached to a charger featuring the Carven logo.