Coats are Carven's bread and butter, and there were plenty of good options here, from a black vinyl trench to a leopard-print faux fur cocoon shape with a neat little vinyl collar, to a gorgeous bobbly grey melange fur coat with vinyl-trimmed lapels. Also notable were the pastel-hued puffas that will serve the street style set well - photographers and posers alike - and the cropped bomber jackets in sensible navy and black with frizzy cream and orange collars, along with the requisite shearling numbers. (Incidentally, has anyone not used shearling this season? Carven even did sheepskin mini skirts. Be warned: they're not for the plump of waist.)
Speaking of skirts, next on the hit list: the pelmet mini skirt, which came in myriad combinations for autumn. Loden green velvet was a jazzy take on the upholstery trend sweeping the show carousel; other faintly sci-fi iterations came in dove grey with a marbled print and grommet hems (here, a possible nod to Ghesquière's techno-themed work at Louis Vuitton) and blue jacquard worn with a cute belt comprising semi-precious stones strung together, Mystic Meg-style. Newness came in the Motocross trousers, tight and trim, and Seventies ribbed knits with an asymmetric zip at the neck in tan and monochrome. If those don't sound high voltage you're missing the point. Carven sells when it plays it safe.