Carven creative director Guillaume Henry found inspiration in Mali for the brand’s Resort 2014 collection. He’d been inspired, he said during a visit to New York, by the work of Malick Sidibé, the Malian photographer whose 1960s photo reportage is seen as a predecessor to the street style photography of late. The youth of Malian capital, Bamako, who mixed European influence with their own origin adapting as they went, provided further inspiration for the collection and added a casual element that was “not as pretty or ladylike”.
In keeping with the theme, Henry designed sixties shapes — simple sheath dresses, bell-shaped coats, all with oversized collars — in bright colours. Materials include silk shantung mixed with polyester and cotton woven with plastic.
The collection carries a modern aesthetic with cute puff-skirt dresses and oversized costume jewellery (inspired in part by pieces worn by Nina Simone). In celebration of the musical quality seen in Sidibé’s images, Henry paired his dresses with flats, “for dancing,” he said. We love a designer that’s practical about how we’re gonna wear his clothes!
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