Despite my current love of all things minimalist, sometimes there's nothing I'd rather do than throw on a flirty 1960's baby doll dress with a Peter Pan collar... I think it's the Lula girl within me. Although at first these two styles seem to sit at opposite ends of the fashion spectrum, one label has managed to marry the two, resulting in a line that perfectly tiptoes the line between and ladylike-chic. I'm referring to Carven, the French couture house founded in 1945 which has recently had a resurgence thanks to Guillaume Henry's appointment at the creative helm and exposure from fashion's current darling Alexa Chung. At the top of my wishlist is the crepe collar which could be coupled with everyday staples such as a black wool skirt, a cashmere jumper and a pair of loafers. Girlish without falling into fully fledged Lolita territory.
I like dresses but it doesn't have to be a costume. It's something you want to wear to straight away. You don't need make-up or strong hair. It's effortless. At Carven, we took off more than we added with the clothes. We like the idea of not making any distinction between day and night. It's more about living in the clothes. - Guillaume Henry