French label Carven’s creative directors out as fashion’s musical chairs continue

Hong Kong-owned Parisian house to announce in due course who will replace Alexis Martial and Adrien Caillaudaud, who it said left by mutual agreement

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 October, 2016, 10:17am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 October, 2016, 10:17am

Hong Kong-owned French fashion label Carven has parted company with the young designers who took over as its creative directors just 18 months ago.

Alexis Martial and Adrien Caillaudaud left “by mutual agreement”, the Paris-based fashion house said in a brief statement only weeks after their latest spring-summer show.

Carven – one of French fashion’s success stories of recent years – said it would announce the appointment of a new creative director later.

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The parting of the ways is the latest in a long line of “revolving door” changes at the top of well-known houses.

Earlier this month Australian Justin O’Shea left Brioni after only six months, with criticism mounting over his plans to give “James Bond’s tailor” a controversial hard-rock makeover.

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Both Martial and Caillaudaud – seen as a part of an emerging generation of thrusting young Paris designers – had previously worked at Givenchy.

They succeeded Guillaume Henry, who left Carven to lead Nina Ricci having revamped the brand’s sleepy image in his five years in charge.

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Carven – which was bought out in May by the Hong Kong-based Bluebell luxury group – halted its men’s line in July this year.