An Emile Gallé Art Nouveau piece
Given the girlish, preppy aesthetic designer Guillaume Henry has perfected over the last few seasons, the seductive, exotic world of Art Nouveau might seem like an unlikely path for Carven
to go down. But, like the label, Art Nouveau is intrinsically French and unassumingly chic, and with Carven concentrating on the same look for a while now, the perfect way of injecting some new energy into the collection.
Carven S/S 13 and an Emile Gallé vase
Emile Gallé is the indirect star for S/S 13, a celebrated Art Nouveau figure at his professional peak during Paris’ Belle Époque, he was famed for his use of opaque glass etched with floral and plant motifs in an artful mixture of colours. Mostly when we think of his work it’s all images of exquisite vases and lamps – Henry’s thinking is that they’d transport well to clothes. Turns out he was right.
Gallé juxtaposed experimental techniques with classic designs, such as ethereal florals and vines. In that spirit, Henry is embracing classical Gallé-like prints, adding his own innovative techniques via laser cut dresses and jackets. The 18th century artist was heavily inspired by natural forms and structures - Gallé used curved lines to harmonise his work with the natural environment. For Carven this season, curved lines come in the form of elegant cut-outs, flashes of flesh that hint at more modern sensibilities.
Carven S/S 13
The smart tailoring of Carven and the striking romance of Gallé’s work balance each other out, resulting in pieces with a versatile, playful quality. Just like art and nature, the pair are what you might call, a natural fit…