Nicole Farhi showcases her Spring / Summer 2012 collection at Manchester’s Harvey Nichols

By Jennifer Keane, Fashion Writer

Nicole Farhi brought her Spring/Summer 2012 collection to Manchester’s Harvey Nichols on Wednesday evening.

The French designer showcased a decidedly modern selection, full of fresh bright colours and floral shapes juxtaposed with masculine tailoring and sporty themes.

Opening the show was a beautiful midnight navy blue dress, embellished with an array of glittering beads and sequins across the front.

A band across the back, cinching in the waist demonstrated a nod to the sports element, which became more apparent as the collection progressed.

MM caught up with the designer herself after the show to discuss her inspirations behind the collection.

“I was inspired by flowers, not only in terms of the prints but also for the embellishments and the structure and cut of the garments. I wanted to created garments that reflected the way petals wrap around and move,” Farhi said.

When asked about new up and coming designers, Farhi explained: “I am very much influenced by the past. I like to use modern finishes and techniques but I always look back to haute couture and past designers.”

After the presentation at Harvey Nichols, guests were invited to shop the collection and save an exclusive 10% on all items purchased from the Nicole Farhi range.

This season’s floral print was rejuvenated on a bias cut dress, with the flowers enlarged and digitised to appear blurred and pixelated. The bias cut was repeated throughout the show, becoming exaggerated in the cocoon shaped dresses that were reminiscent of rose petals wrapping round the body.

The floral influence continued in the colour palette. Bright buttercup yellows and fuchsia pinks demonstrated a move away from the more muted, neutral tones normally associated with Farhi designs.

The coats were voluminous, kimono style trenches with balloon sleeves, worn with karate belts cinching in the waist in order to give them a more defined, feminine shape and to reiterate the sports trend.

The menswear range was typically versatile and casual, with navy blue polo shirts and white tennis blazers again demonstrating Olympic inspirations.

Throughout the presentation Farhi demonstrated her love of natural fabrics with silks, cottons and raffia; however a more modern approach to technical fabric experimentation was also present. Parachute nylon, mesh and fused cable knits appeared before the final ensemble was introduced; three dimensional leather laser cut flowers adorning a stunning white dress.

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ALL EYES ON FRONT: The crowd eagerly await the collection

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