Carven Spring/Summer 2017 Paris

By Paulina Szmydke

“I have always wanted to be a dancer,” Barnabé Hardy divulged backstage before the show, where stylists were frantically spraying the models’ socks with silver glitz. “But I could never be a dancer,” the designer noted with a line that also served as the working title of this spring’s collection. The models quickly revealed themselves to be professional hip-hop, modern and ballet dancers, while the clothes channeled a relaxed and tasteful aesthetic.

Barnabé turned to seersucker suits and flocked nylon parkas for lightness. He worked with layering, as seen on papery shirt jackets worn over thin chambray shirts, and made the models dance in a wide range of pleated tapered pants, proving instantly that tailoring can and should be comfy, without compromising the look.

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