If anyone out there is wondering what Guillaume Henry did after his first runway show for Carven, here’s your answer: He went home, turned off his phone, and took a really long nap. He awoke to glowing reviews, of course, recharged and ready to start a myriad new projects, including a menswear collection, a burgeoning accessories line, and an upcoming perfume launch. Before he gets to all that, he paused to celebrate his runway show—quietly.
The scene at the Couvent des Recollets, a reconverted convent and courtyard that acts as a café, a concert hall, an artists’ residence, and in this case, a dance floor, was one of the most laid-back fashion week parties in recent memory. It was exactly what Henry had in mind. “I didn’t want to force people into a throbbing scene. I wanted them to enjoy the terrace, talk, and then dance if they want,” said Henry.
Henry may be modest and lack the up-all-night party spirit of some of his colleagues in the world of fashion, but don’t count him out. Carven’s star is clearly on the rise. Perched in his first-ever front row were a troika of Frenchwomen who represent a kind of holy grail of Gallic brains and beauty: actress Isabelle Huppert, model Inès de la Fressange, and journalist Claire Chazal. They’re not the only ones lusting after his wares. “When the models tell you they want to keep the clothes,” he said, “it’s incredibly motivating.”