After five months of speculation, Carven announced Monday that former schoolmates and Givenchy collaborators, Alexis Martial and Adrien Caillaudaud, as the artistic directors of the brand. Martial, whose expertise is in ready-to-wear, and Caillaudaud, an accessories designer, have been appointed artistic directors of its womenswear division.
Martial, 29, worked for Givenchy in 2007 on knitwear for both the ready-to-wear and haute couture lines and later in 2012, was named creative director of Paco Rabanne before leaving to Iceberg for a parallel role less than a year later.
Caillaudaud on the other hand, is less well known. It is said that he and Martial met at the Atelier Chardon Savard fashion school in Paris, and sometime thereafter worked in Givenchy at the same time Martial did. Prior to this , Caillaudaud was employed at Marc Jacobs.
The Fall 2015 collection will be the pair’s first showing. Carven representatives confirmed to Style.com that Caillaudaud has already been at work on the collection for some time, while Martial officially joined him on Monday to finalize the collection and show. As for the decision to choose two artistic directors, Carven president Henri Sebaoun explained, “When I first met with Alexis and Adrien and we shared our vision of women, fashion, and Carven, I immediately knew they were the perfect match for Carven.”
Carven’s previous artistic director, Guillaume Henry, will show his first collection for his new employer, Nina Ricci, on Saturday.