Part of the spring wardrobe update was a morning visit in Pelham street to check out the London CARVEN boutique. CARVEN was a traditional a French couture house set by Carmen de Tommaso back in 1945. The House of CARVEN made dresses for the likes of princesses and film stars. (Madame Carven retired in 1998 and is now reportedly 104 years old, but of course, one never asks a lady these things). The good news is the clothes have been reinvented by the talented Guillaume Henry, you don’t necessarily need to be a princess, or a film star to be able to afford them- and dare I say it? They are in fact, suitable for London living. I bought a couple of things from this collection, to see me through spring/summer. The patterns were all delectable, it was very hard to decide what to choose (’embarras de choix’, as the French would say) – and of course I wanted to bring the whole shop, home with me. Look at the list Sarah, and look at the bank account… In the end, a plain navy dress and some floral knitwear, which I can wear together or separately. The clothes are cut quite small, (sizing starting at French 32, which is very small, similar to UK 6 – go up to French 42), slim fit without being tight, flattering for my body type, – not always an easy task. Also have a couple of CARVEN things, from last year, they are classic without being faddy so I hope to be able to look divine wearing everything for a good few seasons to come.
The whole experience was one of unhurried comfort as I got to try everything on, in their spacious changing rooms. They even brought me a drink, which was very much appreciated. Not into disposable cheap fashion any more. There may be a lot of things wrong with the industry, but This is not one of them. The clothes are well made, with finesse, no ridiculous logos, expensive enough to make you think about saving the planet, before you whip out the credit card to buy.
Inspiration from CARVEN http://carven.com/cms/collection/summer-2014-0
85 Pelham street
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