Guillaume Henry is a miracle worker and someone who should be way more celebrated in the fashion industry. His Pardon My French interview with Garance Doré is proof alone (and a less expensive price point for expertly designed clothes!).
Mr. Henry has revived the fortunes of the House of Carven and made it ‘cool’, and more importantly, desirable. His AW13 menswear is said to have been inspired by Parisian businessmen , who travel along the Métro to La Défense each day, and likening those to travellers in the cold. The Fair Isle and bold prints on coats and jackets coupled with balaclavas gave off this theme. But as it’s Mr. Henry, he put his twist on the subject and instead made the trouser lengths shorter, 3/4 length, supposedly the standard on the slopes in the 50’s, worn with long socks. In this era, it made for a skewed vision of the modern man, a better one perhaps; more imaginative. The looks were quite square in cut, and equal stance in importance given to torso and legs. Coloured fur and collars on coats and parkas revitalised the garments into something more playful, the same with the mohair Fair Isles but they were more dreamier.
The shoes. THE SHOES. I have long been obsessing over Carven’s extremely well designed shoes, both functional but downright gorgeous. There were some beautiful (but sadly too expensive, but now £145 and in my size so I can try and offer all my money added to theirs in the hope my parents will buy them):
Their stellar footwear shoes no sign of slowing as I saw some patent leather high top worker boots and futuristic derbies in blue and burgundy/oxblood . With each collection, Mr. Henry just gets better and better.
Selected looks from the collection: