PARIS, Mar 9, 2011/ FW/ — Seeing Pascal Millet on the Paris calendar was a pleasant surprise. Having known him during his time as Creative Director of Carven, we lost touch for a few years after he left the house.

A graduate of the Ecoles de la Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in Paris, Pascal started working at Givenchy in 1992, collaborating with Alexander McQueen, who was the Creative Director at that time, in the haute couture and ready-to-wear lines.

In 2001, Pascal left Givenchy to take the helm at Carven, the haute couture house which was historically dedicated to dress up petite women. Staying there for 13 seasons, Pascal revitalized the haute couture line and put Carven’s ready-to-wear line on the map.

Still, all good things come to an end. After almost 7 years, Pascal felt it was time to launch his own line. Bringing him his intimate knowledge of haute couture from two venerable Parisian houses and the understanding of the declination of ready-to-wear, Pascal took the first step for his eponymous line.

This time around, fashionistas did not ask “who?” when Pascal unveiled his Fall 2009 prêt-a-porter collection. They just fell in love with it. It was accepted so well that the label is already being sold at the Galleries Lafayette a short time after it was launched.

Seeing a Pascal Millet collection for the first time, I understood why. Pascal has kept his light touch. The clothes are dreamy without being saccharine. And though this is a fall/winter collection and it was done in heavier fabrics, you could still feel that you could float.

Black is the main color palette with dark blue, khaki and maroon breaking the monotony. And like in his haute couture collections for Carven, Pascal is dressing the ladies from morning till night, making sure that they have a good selection from their wardrobe.

Photos courtesy of Pascal Millet

Paris Prêt-a-porter Fall 2011