Carven calling

Like every other fashion Francophile, I find myself fighting to resist the discreet charms of Carven ready-to-wear. The recently revived old school couture label – now designed by Guillaume Henry – has a similar but girlier (and less expensive) luxe aesthetic to Celine. In short it’s all about the cut and the fabrics which is fine by me. At Sefton, the line sells like there’s no tomorrow. As womenswear manager and buyer Tina Patel told me, “Carven has been our best seller. Women like the fact it is so beautifully constructed with slight twists but still classic enough to keep in the wardrobe for seasons to come”.

I’m still holding my breath for the elusive AW10 silk collar (someone must have some stock dammit) but failing that, SS11 is looking rather promising don’t you think?