Carven Fall 2014 Collection Review

The hot, blazing Georgia sun has unapologetically been kissing my cheeks and reminding me of its existence. Scorching southern summers have an unusual sort of wet heat that’s only further exaggerated by the fact that girls like me only wear black. The heat leaves me aching for October, when the earth turns and fall clothing reigns supreme. As always, looking at Fall RTW shows leaves me bitter at the sun and yearning for the cool simultaneously, and nothing does this more to me than looking at  Carven’s latest show. Carven has always been the go-to house for high fashion French style with a London edge and classic silhouettes with a modern mix. Fall’s collection was chock full of oversize, structured coats in mustard, coral and cobalt and dresses with the perfect demure cutout. Carven’s penchant for pieces that nip the waist just right is present from start to finish with 40’s inspired silhouettes. A mid-calf skimming jumpsuit in the perfect satin rang loud in a dull peach hue and was topped off with a 70’s style belt and zipper down the front. Thigh high leather boots, leopard detailing on pockets, collars and clutches, oversized fur and fur accents,silhouette graphics on coats and dresses, not to mention clutches you actually clutch… this collection has details only Carven could pull off. Coat and mini skirt suits with the perfect mustard paneling, crystal arrows used as a graphic and sexy little numbers that aren’t scandalous create the perfect fall collection. Henry has done it again.. now if only fall could come sooner rather than later.

All photos courtesy of style.com

What’s your favorite detail from this collection?

Namaste,

Gabriela

Carven Pre-Fall 2014 Collection Review

Carven has a penchant for creating pieces that emanate the effortless, proper and prim style of the French. Crave-able capes in camels, structured blazers in black, wool lined coats in scrumptious tangerines, and the perfect clog style sling back all shape this tough-prep look that Carven so seamlessly embodies. Paintbrush patterns and black and white plaids add another element of non-conformity to this rather preppy style collection. There’s a certain strength to designer who is innovative in their collection each season, while still maintaining the style and integrity of their house. Henry manages to capture that which is Carven; the strong, structured and sexy appeal of an effortlessly avant-garde woman, in each and every season. There is also a certain comfort in being able to return to your favorite house while knowing you won’t be disappointed. Carven is one of those houses for me; a house that’s cloaked in the promise of inspiration through each and every look. This collection holds its own with its variety of structured aesthetics and with its punk and prep love child looks, it certainly is everything a Carven fan could crave.

All photos courtesy of style.com

Namaste,

Gabriela Herstik

Winter Wanderlust

The weather in South Carolina has left me craving a new wardrobe. Per usual, the temperature here can be 70 to 80 degrees in the day and drop to 30 degrees at night…it’s absolutely insane. It feels more like winter with the sleet and cold and biting winds and it’s not even December yet! It feels like it goes from Spring one day to Winter the next without ever even taking a detour to Fall!

I’ve been craving big, warm, structured coats and statement making accessories. I chose five of my favorite houses to create my ultimate dream winter wardrobe.

 

I love how contemporary and edgy Acne Studios is. These boots are my absolute favorite; I love the mix of textures and the block-y heel. I love the ease that a fitted pant, oversize sweater and a beanie have; they create the perfect day to day outfit without being basic.

 

Chloe is the ultimate “it girl” house. With it’s chic avant-garde style, Chloe is definitely lust worthy. If I had this oversize coat, fringe hemmed dress and amazing studded boots, I would literally never wear anything else. I’ve been inspired by really delicate dresses paired with tougher, chunkier boots; I love the contrast and if the proportions are right you won’t look like you’re wearing bricks for shoes. Plus, how great are this bag and necklace?!

 

Classic Celine tee, incredible dream leather bag, the perfect wedge.. Celine, like Chloe, is the ultimate it girl house, filled top to bottom with perfect wardrobe finishing pieces. I have an affinity for gold and black and I love the touch that the emerald skirt adds, the monochromatic outfit pops with the right amount of subtle color.

 

My favorite house in the entire world, this outfit by Carven is easily something I would wear every single day, The structured leather skirt is the perfect piece to transition from fall to winter; add this boxy cream jacket and some thick tights and you’ll be warm in the cold days. I love the shape of the leather bag, it’s different and stands out while still being sexy.

 

Last but not least is the ultimate label for the edgy, leather loving babe. I love that this coat is different than the typical, overstated Balmain piece; edgy and cool but a little more underrated. I would wear a leather pant, thigh high stiletto boots, a leather tote and a huge, warm sweater with this coat. I love that black is s powerful and sexy. I would pair this look with a red lip and I would be invincible.

 

What inspires your wardrobe in the cold months?!

Namaste,

Gabriela

Carven Resort 2014 Collection Review

Carven is one of my favorite houses, that much is evident. But just because i love a house doesn’t mean I love every aspect of every collection. As a darker soul I tend to appreciate fall and winter collections more so than any other. This seems to be the case with this collection as well. The patterns and prints of Carven’s Resort collection are perfect and subtle, but the sunglasses completely rectangular shape doesn’t seem to compliment the rest of the look. Some of the off the shoulder dresses don’t quite seem to mesh with the silhouette or the texture of the piece they’re paired with .  This collection overall, however, is still classically Carven. Somehow whimsical and grown up at the same time, the pieces manage to be structured and delicate which seems perfectly refreshing for resort. Carven also manages to show how color blocking is still relevant and alive, if done well.

XXX
Gabriela