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.
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.
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