Alexis Martial and Adrien Caillaudaud’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection took deep-sea inspiration to create an aquatic scene on the runway. Nods to oceanic creatures like octopi, jellyfish, and striped puffer fish were clear in the primary colored prints that dominated Carven’s show. Despite the invertebrate inspiration, the silhouettes were anything but spineless. The fine-tuned tailoring of the collection left nothing out of place. Trousers fit and flared with a defined stiffness, and A-line skirts held their own. Several dresses included flowing, ruffled details, but there were enough starched shirt dresses and A-lines to overpower them. Other nautical influences included large eyelet trim on skirts and dresses. Combinations of navy and white alluded to classic seafaring attire, but the presence of other prints and colors, such as shirting stripes and electric orange, kept the reference from being cliché. Carven maintained its boyish charm with the collection’s overall sporty feel. Youthful and energetic yet still slightly formal, the collection was full of unexpected juxtapositions that managed to work. It was as if the Carven girl was going on a cruise, mixing the familiar comfort of t-shirts with the more done-up suiting and shirting look.
This look embraces the freer side of the collection, pairing a graphic tee with an easygoing, asymmetrically cut skirt. It embodies both the sporty and nautical aspects of the collection. The tee gives off a retro vibe, like the kind of shirt one would throw overtop of a bathing suit when heading to the beach. The skirt resembles a wrap skirt, or even a shirt tied around the waist as a makeshift cover-up. The belt mimics the eyelet pattern found in other ensembles, and helps to neatly pull this look together. The easygoing, chunky sandals were consistent throughout the collection, and added to the look’s vacation-like energy.
To recreate the look, start with a retro tee. Charlotte Russe carries a “Feelin’ Good” shirt for $16, and the “Truth or dare” tee is $48 from shopcamp.com. Next, find a blue printed skirt to tuck the shirt into. The high-low floral print skirt is $43 from chicwish.com, and the fitted asymmetrical hem skirt goes for $12 on rosegal.com. Accessorize with a gold or tan ringed belt. The one pictured on top is $18 from luxurydivas.com, and the belt is $9 from Asos. Finish the look with white thick-strapped sandals. Topshop carries a chunky-heeled pair for $42, and flatform jelly sandals are available for just $17 from office.co.uk.
Those headed to warm, sunny locations for spring break should definitely look to Carven’s Spring 2016 collection for inspiration. The above look in particular creates a put-together air using pieces one simply happens to have in their suitcase. It works surprisingly well, mixing tomboy and femme aesthetics.
Sophie Fay Shaw is the High Fashion, College Wallet columnist. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.