Carven Spring 2013 RTW


Launch Slideshow

SHOW: Carven, Spring 2013

THEME: Coats and cutouts

ACCESSORIES: Platform heels with buckles and ankle straps, handbags and bib necklaces with intricate cutout designs, and oversize sunglasses. 

OVERALL TAKEAWAY: There's nothing new about cutouts—they were on the runway last season at Marchesa and the season before at Erdem, and if you stopped by a mass retailer like H&M or Topshop, you might find it harder to find a dress in its full form than one with fabric strategically missing. 

Yet, there's something about Guillaume Henry's latest looks at Carven that makes the cutout seem like a completely novel idea.

First, it's their placement. While we're used to seeing cutout sides and backs, Henry gives us pops of flesh on the chest (these ones are very strategically placed) and stomach.

But it's also their shape. The high-design holes in this collection have a bean-like shape reminiscent of Chicago's "Cloud Gate" sculpture.

Plus, they make an appearance on outerwear. We've never really seen geometric cutouts on coats before. Fortunately, this is a spring/summer collection so the missing material comes off as fun rather than foolish. Bare skin exposed through a winter shearling? Mmm...not so much.

All in all, Guillaume Henry breathes new life into a seemingly tired trend. 

FRONT ROW: Dree Hemingway, Charlotte Le Bon, Olivier Zahm, Anna Dello Russo, Anna Wintour