Article Nov 13, 2016

You are no longer passing

Carven parts ways with artistic directors

Carven has parted ways with designer duo Alexis Martial and Adrien Caillaudaud after a short tenure.

The French fashion house confirmed the pair were departing the company in “mutual agreement”, according to a statement released to WWD on Monday (24Oct16).

A new artistic director for the brand will be announced at a later date.

Martial and Caillaudaud joined the brand in March last year (15), following the departure of Guillaume Henry, and were in charge of the Paris-based label’s women’s collections.

Their last collection was for Spring/Summer 2017, presented at Paris Fashion Week last month, where they were among a handful of houses to show within the contemporary designer bracket.

The line featured chic mini skirts and dresses, tailored pants and cute outerwear, building upon the aesthetic of couturier Madame Carmen de Tommaso, who founded the brand in 1945. Both designers have some serious fashion credentials, with Martial previously working as a creative director at Iceberg and as a knitwear designer at Givenchy, where he began his career in 2007.

For his part, Caillaudaud hails from Givenchy, where he worked on the footwear and accessories lines alongside Riccardo Tisci. He has also designed shoes for Marc Jacobs and consulted for Tod’s and Jil Sander.

The announcement is the latest in the fashion industry’s current revolving door of designers, with Marni founder Consuelo Castiglioni exiting the brand and designer Peter Dundas bidding farewell to Roberto Cavalli recently.