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Carven parts ways with womenswear designers

Lauretta Roberts
24 October 2016

French house Carven has become the latest brand to part company with its designers. Alexis Martial and Adrien Caillaudaud, who were joint artistic directors of its womenswear business, have left "by mutual agreement" Carven confirmed in a statement today.

The pair had only joined the business in March 2015. They met while studying at the Atelier Chardon Savard fashion school in Paris and both went on to work for Givenchy (though Caillaudaud first designed footwear for Marc Jacobs).

Just prior to joining Carven, however, Martial had been with Iceberg and Caillaudaud had been consulting with Tod's and Jil Sander. The SS17 collection shown last month in Paris will be their last for house.

They had replaced Guillaume Henry who is now at Nina Ricci. Henry was credited with resurrecting the then dormant house, which was founded by Marie Louise Carven in 1945. Carven herself passed away at the age of 105 in June last year.


Madame Carven who passed away last year

The Bluebell Group took a majority stake in Carven in May of this year, having held a minority stake since 2011. Shortly afterwards it put Carven's menswear line on ice and parted ways with its menswear designer Barnabé Hardy who had only been with the business for 18 months, prior to which he worked for Balenciaga.

Bluebell is a Hong Kong-based, family owned company that distributes fashion, fragrance, food and home brands throughout Asia, including UGG, Dior, Zadig & Voltaire, Moschino, Paul Smith and Jimmy Choo. It was founded in 1954.

The move is the latest in a long line of changes at the top of a major fashion houses. Just this month Roberto Cavalli parted ways with creative director Peter Dundas and last week it was confirmed that Marni founder Consuelo Castiglioni was stepping away from the business to be replaced by Francesco Risso. The brand confirmed Risso's arrival in an Instagram post today.


Marni confirms Risso's arrival

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