Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Fashion Show Coverage: Nicole Farhi F/W 11/12

French designer Nicole Farhi showed her autumn/winter 11/12 collection at the Royal Opera House in London, the most elegant & beautiful show location I`ve been to so far.

A white runway was set up, contrasting the black seats. The editors of Vogue Japan, India, Turkey, Harper`s Bazaar and the Daily Telegraph were seated in the four front rows.

Anna Wintour (who brought brought her bodyguard) also sat front row wearing a green Prada skirt with banana-print.

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The collection is graphic and sharp, contrasting structured masculine shapes with voluminous silouettes.

Innovative techniques in fabrication are explored through laminated boiled wool, bonded herringbone, fused cable knitwear, structured gabardine and pressed melton.


Proportions are extreme and architectural; mannish trousers are cinced with high cummerbunds, structured A-line skirts stand away from the body, and wide kimono sleeves on a strictly tailored coat contrast with pencil-slim trousers.

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For the evening, column dresses are crafted from chainmail yarns, layered over crinkle bias-cut lame. Billowing high-waist maxi pleated skirts in crimson and midnight, add drama to the eveningwear.

The colour palette is a study of controlled black, navy and oxblood, punctuated with reflective red, ecru and white as accent colours.


Calfskin sandals and lace-up peep-toe boots with needle-thin metallic heels, and hand-crafted metal jewellery, accessorise the collection.


Nicole Farhi`s collection has a refreshing clarity: transparent tenderness, pure white, strong black and dramatic red speak for themselves without prints. Masculine silhouettes paired with flowing femine shapes are realized in sophisticated materials. I really like this strong, elegant and puristic collection!

Very cool streetstyle outside the show

Nicole Farhi Model in her own clothes after the show


Picture source: My own pictures

How do you like the show and the collection?


  1. Sure rub it in! Not all of us could be there :( but thanks for covering the show!! Very nice!! :)

  2. I love all this waist cinching going on at the fashion shows, but why can't I find any of it at the stores? Everything I see is still dropped onto the hips. It's irritating.

  3. amazing location and the collection is awesome!

  4. Gorgeous setting, gorgeous clothes! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

  5. Wow, really cool photos. I am so jealous you got to go and to take your own photos. Great blog, and amazing photographs, and of course, amazing clothes!

  6. I saw this same designer in the same venue last year and I enjoyed it so much. Every element, even the tea service beforehand, was so elegant. This collection is beautiful and feminine and practical as is usual for Farhi. Disappointed that she sent a model wearing a transparent garment down the runway. It's too exposed especially for daytime and even a bit humiliating. Models are people, too!

  7. Love Nicole Fahri think she is one of the best designers for power dressing. I also love the street style shots you took, two completely different takes on grunge chic, one in a cool Courtney Love inspired outfit (before she went off the rails), and the other in dirty grunge look.