Just when we thought fashion’s revolving door was about to stop spinning, news of Carven parting ways with the co-artistic directors greeted us early this week. The designer departure is the third we have seen this month after Peter Dundas stepped away from Roberto Cavalli a couple of weeks ago and Consuelo Castiglioni leaving Marni last Friday.
Having met in Paris at the Atelier Chardon Savard fashion school, Martial and Caillaudaud worked together briefly at Givenchy. Since taking helm at the French luxury house in March 2015, the duo was tasked with taking Carven in a young and hip direction – a task triumphantly completed by Guillaume Henry, now at Nina Ricci, during his five-year tenure.
With Martial’s forte in quirky and statement-making knits (as seen in his collections at Italian brand, Iceberg) together with Caillaudaud’s expertise in accessories, they managed to create edgy yet commercial pieces. However, they did not manage to keep the momentum going the same way it did during Henry’s successful stint. The duo presented their last collection at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017 in September. Carven says it will appoint a new creative director at “a later point.”
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