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Nicole Farhi

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MODERN CLASSICS
Nicole Farhi once again showed off her knack for breathing new life into sportswear classics.  A ruffled collar and contrast roll-up sleeves updated this season’s omnipresent trench coat.  Leisurely jumpsuits had a slightly blouson shape and youthful cutouts in the back.  Baggy shorts featured a double-tabbed waist with seamless slash pockets that made them instantly appealing.  Inspired by German painter Emil Nolde, the designer turned his expressionist brushstrokes into eye-pleasing color blocks and contrasting solids of turquoise, tea rose, lavender, clover, chartreuse, lemon, and tangerine.  A gently rounded yet boxy silhouette pervaded the collection, with armholes, hips, and necklines softly draped.  Although there was nothing revolutionary here, there’s been a void for well executed, wearable fashion during this avant garde-slanted London Fashion Week, and Farhi dependably filled that space with her pretty and pleasant spring collection.
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