Having nostalgic fantasies of an artist on the Riviera, are we? Carven’s spring 2014 presentation brought us so close to the bohemian mentality that we could almost smell linseed oil. The runway was set with the accoutrements of a painter’s atelier — monochromatic pottery, thatched furniture — and of course the pensive (and sometimes pouting) models were decked out in the latest designs.
It would seem that designer Guillaume Henry reveled in Picasso’s closet, starting the presentation with ochre-yellow overcoats (which looked suspiciously like an artist’s smock) and a seafoam-green tailored suit. Though the lines were crisp and clean, comfort was a necessity: tops were boxy, relaxed pants were ankle-grazing, shorts were Bermuda-esque, and sandals were strappy.
In the sea of tangerine seersucker and khaki linen, there was the occasional glimpse of melancholy, as some models sported somber black three-buttons. And there were a few navy-blue jacket-and-shorts ensembles. But these dark patches ultimately gave way to sunny romanticism — complete with floppy brimmed hats and shiny leather satchels.