Designer Dossier: Guillaume Henry

In just two years, Carven's creative director has transformed the storied French fashion house of old-school couture into the cool girl's label du jour.

November 7, 2011 3:00 PM
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Creative director Guillaume Henry.
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Dress, $655, Carven; carven.fr for stores.

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Shoes, $595, Carven; barneys.com.

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The Swiss Alps inspired Carven's photo-realistic prints.
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Dress, $850, Carven; barneys.com.

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Shoes, $540, Carven; barneys.com.

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"The idea behind the relaunch of Carven was not to spend too much time studying the archives, but to imagine what Carven would smell like if it were a perfume. I wanted Carven's rebirth to be modern, spontaneous, and chic. For the first resort collection, we wanted a lot of freshness and a calming color range. Switzerland really provided this — the sky, the landscapes, and the flowers."

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Skirt, $340, Carven; barneys.com.

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Jacket, $560, Carven; carven.fr for stores.

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Bag, $1,225, Carven; carven.fr for stores.

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"I don't have muses — I actually don't believe in that word — but there are girls whom I admire. I adore Alexa Chung's style. She never looks like she's dressed up only for photographers. I also love women across many generations, from Gena Rowlands to Chloë Moretz. I like styles that are more clever than sexy."

A young Gena Rowlands, circa 1958.

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Headband, price upon request, Carven; carven.fr for similar styles.

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The love is mutual between Carven fan Alexa Chung (in the label) and Creative Director Henry.
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