Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Nicole Farhi SS14 - London Collections Men - Keeping it simple in our complex, modern world

I couldn't wrap my head around why and how a brand like Nicole Farhi had gone into administration just days after London Collections Men was showcased. It was a complete shock, but luckily enough the label was bought by retail boss Maxine Hargreaves-Adams and so the good news is that we haven't seen the last of Nicole Farhi just yet!

Enough with the politics, let's focus on beautiful things, like how Joanna Sykes, creative director of Nicole Farhi managed to pull off such an exquisite collection! In her journey to create the SS14 collection she has tried to explore contrasts of the natural and organic in relation to the urban and synthetic. The show took place in an empty office space in Triton Square, where we were surrounded by hollow glass windows and commercial buildings. The setting highlighted the concept behind the collection exceptionally and the atmosphere was simply infused by an urban landscape.

The palette has an ethereal tonality and sun bleached quality; sea foam, slate, mist, sand, computer grey, khaki, cornflower blue and canvas white. Wardrobe staples are shown in beautiful, honest and luxurious fabrics; chalked leather Bikers, Wester jackets in painted jute and rough welder's suede, Harrington in indigo towelling and sloughy Crombies in giant mesh pique and skyscraper tweeds. 

You can see some of my favourite looks from the SS14 collection below:

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