There’s another celebrity ‘it’ girl endorsed designer label on the block, French fashion house Carven. Established in 1945 by couturier Madame Carmen de Tommaso, Carven is by no means a newbie. But under the creative direction of former Givenchy designer Guillaume Henry, the brand is receiving a new level of celebrity and fashion industry exposure.
Pop star and trendsetter Rihanna was one of the earlier celebs to rock Carven, wearing a fab cut out dress by the brand during a night out. Then actress Blake Lively gave Carven a slightly more official celebrity debut, when she wore the brand to the 2011 WonderCon events in San Francisco on April 1. Her adorable midnight-blue twill and black crepe dress, paired with a white bustier made for such a striking combination, I’m sure folks will either love it or hate it, with very few falling in the middle.
Clearly I’m on the ‘love’ side of the fence, as I adore this dress. I love Blake’s Christian Louboutin Très Décolleté heels, too, but right now it’s all about the dress. The girlishness of its full skirt and almost puff shoulders, plays well against the suggestiveness of the peek-a-boo bustier. It’s a nice contrast in a look, one that isn’t easy to wear.
If you think you have the fashion credentials to make it work, in the words of Tim Gunn, then get Blake’s Carven open front twill and crepe dress, from Net-a-porter for $745.