Fashion can be fantastical and whimsical. These elements are some of the reasons why so many people are enthralled with it. However, this fantasy and whimsy can also make clothes unable to be worn in everyday life. Carven’s ready-to-wear collection for fall 2013 was a relief in its realistic wearability, yet somehow still managed to add a bit of the whimsy that so many adore (which is even more impressive since the runway was set to an office backdrop).
Taking the Mad Men following and twisting it to make it its own, Carven pulled inspiration from the 1940s through to the 1950s. Men’s suits were well-tailored yet held their own surprises. Guillame Henry mixed the outdoors with the desk job-adding touches of flannel and fleece to what should be purely classic menswear. Navy, gray, and camel dominated the color palette, but again Henry managed to surprise by adding bright colors that shocked in the best way possible. The cherry (and cheery) red coat would liven up any mundane Tuesday of conference calls. The greens were a nice touch and the perfect contrast to a boring lunch meeting with a sad, wilted salad. His pant length (cropped) also steered clear of tradition.
On paper, Carven’s collection should have been boring and played out. Yet, it wasn’t. Perhaps it will even make dressing for work fun again? One can only hope.