Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Carven comes to Manila!

When I think of Carven, I think of their bow-back slingbacks...

I think of cool girl Alexa Chung, who is often photographed wearing Carven.

And last Spring 2013's toile dresses come to mind. Because they really made an impression on me.

Especially this particular one. So French, with that cool girl appeal.

I would see Carven at Homme et Femme, but it's just like wow when you see the future of an actual store, even while still boarded up. This was back in January I think.

I monitored it's progress, seriously. Around March 2014.

Tadaaaa! This is Carven at Shangri-la East Wing. It's a beauty.

My friend Gretch & I passed by on opening day and the store is just love. 

Gretch & I with Town & Country Philippines fashion editor Carole Cuasay-Tagle

 It's stocked with Spring 2014's crop of new wardrobe faves.

There were a lot of standouts, but it was refreshing to see how Carven treats camo. 

camo get sweet

Alexa Chung's top & skirt, far left

I saw this in Carven Shang as well, also worn by Alexa Chung. OMG!

Of course, they always do shoes really well.

two-tone perforated flats

masculine meets feminine bow embellished sandals

the Banana sandals by Ancient Greek Sandals x Carven

Jessica Alba has an ankle strap version in black. Love. Love.

Now, I need to work my ass off so I can afford to dress in Carven. Because it's not cheap ha! But they are guaranteed to be closet staples that you can wear for a long, long time.

PS - Alexandra Jacobs trains her critical eye on Carven for The Critical Shopper in The New York Times. She writes about Carven a whole lot more eloquently than I just did.

Level 1 East Wing
Shangri-la  Plaza Mall
Mandaluyong, Metro Manila

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