With the September sun streaming through the Royal Opera House’s grand windows, Nicole Farhi laid out her stall with her very first outfit; an oversized lilac taffeta trench with contrast chartreuse lining, knitted teal bandeau and strawberry pink shorts.The colour palette was inspired by the German Expressionist watercolour artist, Emile Nolde; fusing both colour and block and prints. Grazia’s colour-combo fave was a teal silk top with shocking-pink silk harem trousers, and the print-clash highlight was a 'wave' print top with multi-colour marbled trousers. Clearly in a playful mood, Fahri also showed mandarin ikat check dungarees, and a multicolour marbled check playsuit, on statuesque girls (including ubermodel Coco Rocha – wow) with retro quiffs and heavy pastel eyes.
There was a nautical breeze with brushstroke-striped organza dresses and fabulously elegant super wide palazzo pants. And if all that colour and print sends you in to a spin, the designer also offered some seminal summer whites: sportswear inspired mesh T-shirts, the perfect laid-back white shirt, and a white pique sleeveless jacket; all on my shopping list.
Details: for the girl with the washboard tummy step forward the bandeau top, but for the majority of us mere mortals, pile on clashing-coloured hard geometric rings and bangles, plaited leather wooden-heel shoes and a squishy candyfloss pink leather clutch.
- Charlie Miller