Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Posted by Bethan Holt, Fashion Junior at Large

36. That is the number is the number of Breton striped tops I own. So, logically I really have no need to be casting my eye over this latest, very exciting brand collaboration from Carven, one of the hottest design houses in Paris with Petit Bateau, purveyors of the ultimate striped tops and basics. But I am, and I want every piece, from the stripy body suit (obviously) to the cute little red dress and the genius white collar to tuck under a jumper without wearing a whole extra layer. 
Carven x Petit Bateau collar- coming soon to FarFetch.com
Guillaume Henry, the designer who has breathed life and love back into Carven (and who the FashEd profiled here), has developed some unmistakable signatures during his three years at the house and those have translated perfectly into the Petit Bateau collaboration. The polo collars, pops of primary colours and chic neutrals all come together to form classic outfit building blocks, with a twist. The short little dresses will look equally sharp with tight and biker boots by day as they would with some WOW heels for a night out. I would wear the striped body with denim shorts in Summer  or under a pinafore dress for a more preppy look. As with as the very best wardrobe staples, the possibilities are virtually endless. 
Striped polo collar body suit by Carven x Petit Bateau
And there's more good news because we can now get our hands on the collaboration a month earlier than expected on FarFetch.com, whose partner, Concept Store Smets in Belgium are one of only three retailers to be stocking Carven x Petit Bateau for the next few weeks. The only bad news is that when I clicked through to buy, shipping costs were pretty steep at £16 so I suggest finding a few fellow keen purchasers and placing your oder together to split the shipping costs. From December 4th, the collection will be available at Petit Bateau stores. 

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