Carven Reinvents Convent Chic For Autumn/Winter 2012

02/03/2012 12:30 | Updated 22 May 2015

WHO? Guilliaume Henry for Carven

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IN A NUTSHELL: Now we understand why we were sent to a convent to watch Henry's Autumn/Winter collection for Carven. Prints from medieval artwork were emblazoned on silk shirts and skirts, while leather and velvet pieces were laser-cut in stained-glass window inspired shapes. As for the colour palette, rich reds, gold, navy blue and orange gave another nod to the religious tapestries that hang on church walls.

BEG, BORROW OR STEAL: The delicate laser-cut patterns on heavy fabrics were elegant but not girly - a theme which ran through the whole collection, from chunky Mary Janes to fur-lined coats. However, for us it was the velvet mini dresses that shone on the catwalk, for their simple but stunning silhouettes.

F-ROW: The fashion editors outnumbered the celebs once again.

VERDICT: Although Henry focused on prints and patterns from the past, the contrast between these and the more modern, feminine shapes made this collection all the more mesmerising and above all, beautifully playful. If this doesn't charm Paris, we don't know what will.

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