Snob Essentials

Carven Printed Silk-Chiffon and Lace Dress: La Piment de la Vie

Ever since getting resurrected last year by Guillaume Henry, Carven is the go-to label for the young and the beautiful. Gazing at this dress, it’s not hard to see why. So effortless yet so glamorous, it’s everything Carven has always stood for (the original Madame Carven was the first design couture tennis outfits!). With a fanciful abstract print, soft white-lace sleeves, and an unexpected cobalt collar, this dress exudes irreverent wit, while keeping you looking pretty and feminine. Don’t forget: dresses should be fun! Variety is the spice of life (or la piment de la vie!). Some occasions call for more joie de vivre than a neutral LBD, and this frock has it in spades.

Be nonchalant about it: keep the accessories minimal and the shoes simple. The dress already has enough elements of stimulation going on, so you don’t want to overwhelm. This is Parisian chic at it’s freshest – and you’ll be playing the part of the ingénue de jour. On Net-a-Porter for $1,200.

Pair with: Keep it in the French family with Pierre Hardy’s classic peep-toe pump, with smooth leather and an angular heel to bring an instant sense of sleek. At Barneys New York for $710.



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