carven announces new creative directors

Alexis Martial and Adrien Caillaudaud fill Guillaume Henry’s shoes as new artistic directors of the womenswear collections.

by Stuart Brumfitt
Mar 2 2015, 3:15pm

During his reign as creative director at Carven, Guillaume Henry made the brand relevant to a new generation of fashion fans. So his departure for Nina Ricci (to replace Peter Copping who went to Oscar de la Renta) was a blow to the brand. Now though they've announced his womenswear successors: Alexis Martial and Adrien Caillaudaud. Martial started out at Givenchy in 2007, before becoming creative director of Iceberg, and Caillaudaud also worked under Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy, as well as at Marc Jacobs.

The pair are understandably "thrilled" and said that Carven "conveys a beautiful sense of femininity and freshness that we look forward to continuing into the next era." The house's CEO, Henri Sebaoun was also excited about the new appointments, saying, "We warmly welcome Alexis and Adrien to Carven as we continue to define a Parisian and fresh elegance for the woman of today. We look forward to the overall creative vision they will bring to the growing world of Carven."

They join Barnabe Hardy (formerly at Balenciaga) who was made head designer of menswear for Carven in January.