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Prim and proper stormed the runway at Carven SS13 as models strode out with elegance, poise and crisp collars. Inspired by English ladies lost in early 20th Century India, these girls were dressed to impress, whatever the weather. Stiff suits came belted at the waist with square shoulders and exaggerated lapels, while pretty fit-and-flare summer dresses were peppered with prints of African safari prints. Flashes of flesh in heart shaped cut-outs and retro lace patterns kept the collection modern and the look flirtatious, “inspired by art nouveau,” explained Creative Director, Guillaume Henry to i-D online backstage. Apart from the bright reds-which seem to be building a trend this season with their sudden appearances in nearly neutral colour palettes-shades were kept earthy and autumnal. This season, the Carven girl has gone back in time and grown up gracefully.
Text: Felicity Kinsella
Photography: Mitchell Sams
See all of our SS13 womenswear coverage here.