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Yesterday we went backstage at Nicole Farhi Spring/Summer 2013, so today obviously called for some front-of-house action. With the routine attendance of Anna Wintour (which I still get giddy about…on the inside, of course) and the announcement that it would be Nicole’s last show as Creative Director, the show was set to be the highlight of London Fashion Week’s third day of SS13.

Inspired by the marble mountains of Carrara, Italy (and by Edward Burtynsky’s photographs thereof), Farhi displayed a thoughtful and richly textured collection that sweetly – neutrally – mimicked the movement of shadows on the mountains. Pleats were the real technical accomplishment here, culminating in a trenchcoat that any new-age Audrey Hepburn would die for and a white shift with a solo sculptural pleat which rested sash-like across the body.

Though the only ‘colour’ in the show lay in the blue-tinted highlighter on the models’ cheekbones, the profundity was not amiss. Nicole Farhi does not need the rainbow, mon cher – this was an exceptional collection in its mostly-monochromatic glory. An elegant abdication of the throne.

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Nicole Farhi Backstage SS13
Since my very first season at London Fashion Week Nicole Farhi has held a special spot in my heart. Season after season, I am faultlessly enchanted by the woman and her brilliant collections as soon as I step heel backstage. Spring/Summer 2013 was no exception, and there is a full-on show review to follow this photographic display of Farhi’s backstage beauties.



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Instagram – top to bottom, left to right:
1. Caffeinating up at AbiMarvel’s ‘The Apartment’.
2. Business cards (HEY! I JUST MET YOU!) came in the nick of time.
3. Model moments backstage at Nicole Farhi.
4. Cheeseface.
5. Avocado and crayfish: belly, now.
6. Henry Holland Fashion Week outfit preview.
7. I have to thank Jade Sukiya for keeping home for us in the press lounge!
8. Apparently I snapped Tori Amos without realising backstage at Bernard Chandran.
9. In absolute lust with Bora Aksu.

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Nicole Farhi

To be backstage at Nicole Farhi is a beautiful thing. Getting a sneak peek and uber-close look at her Autumn/Winter 2012 collection was an absolute dream. With mustard, grey, and gold on the mind, Madame Farhi managed to balance the sensibly pristine with a dash of sequins. Minimal magic and new-age embellishments on classic pieced? Be still, my heart.

Bora Aksu

Though the models rocked pale foundation and blue lips, Bora Aksu’s collection was anything but frosty. The Turkish-born designer has a knack for taking fashion out of its comfort zone and displaying ornate detail on soft and feminine materials. This season gave a lot of white, pink, grey, and a whole lot of lace. A sensual juxtaposition of light and dark. If you love the idea of “Erdem meets Mary Katrantzou”, Aksu is your guy.

Felder Felder

I was really surprised by Felder Felder this season. Known for their definitively dark presentations, the flaxen-haired duo gave us “Blonde” – a collection that appealed to a versatile, more contemporary buyer. The colours ranged from golds, to oranges, to impressively dark prints; dare I say there was a real Rodarte feel to the collection. This was a collection that any woman could create a capsule wardrobe from, and I am never one to complain about that. View Post

Nicole Farhi SS12
I absolutely adore Nicole Farhi and was more than excited to be invited backstage before and after her Spring/Summer 2012 collection was presented to the Fashion World. That excitement was positively set on fire when Anna Wintour decided Farhi’s show would be her first of London Fashion Week.

To do the collection justice, I have collaborated with my favourite photographer and friend, Eva K Salvi, to bring you some stunning photos and a diary-based review:

12pm – I get to the Horticultural Society, running, thank god I brought my pair of All Saints Boots with me and not my Kurt Geiger heels like I did the previous day. The sun is peaking through the clouds. I finally get into the venue which is already packed with photographers and videographers, everyone is setting up and running around. Nicole Farhi is chatting to people, posing for a few photos, she seems incredibly calm and relaxed. The venetian blinds close and the models start coming out on the catwalk for the run-through, it is strangely surreal to watch them walking with their hair and makeup half done.
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12.30pm – Go through to backstage area after being checked on ‘The List‘. I get in and am hit with the realisation of how intense everything is “behind the scenes“. Everyone is running around, the models are getting their makeup and hair touched up. From time to time, one model will just stop and pose for photographers – there’s about 10 backstage – with assistants and reflectors etc. Everyone is super prepared.
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1pm – Last call for models to go to the bathroom before the show, last touch ups, then everyone has to get runway-ready. The models start changing and I go out to the main room; rumour is Anna Wintour is there and I spot her sitting in the front row. I quickly run over and snap a few pictures before the show starts. All of the photographers have taken place in the pit and are currently “fighting” over the best spots to snap pictures of the show. I decide to run to the other side of the catwalk that seems much emptier and take place. The show starts.

1.15pm – I see half the show through my lens and try to snap pictures of almost all the outfits, the music is loud and the models are rocking the show. The show is a resplendent rainbow of pastels. I’m loving it and glance at Anna Wintour – wondering whether she’s enjoying herself or not – but the Miranda Priestly-esque stillness shows no sign of opinion (or maybe that means she loves it?).
Nicole Farhi SS12
As for the clothes, everything was texturally divine. In a sea of beautifully feminine colours, Farhi presented an oversized, sequin-covered mesh tank top and a micro mesh ensemble with gorgeous florals that almost seemed three-dimensional when layered over the coloured base fabric. Interestingly, more and more saccharine 3-D embellishments were brought to life via plastic blossom appliques, sculptural petal shapes, and laser-cut leather flowers. It was like a pointillist painting by Georges Seurat – a garden brought to life.

Heaven.
Nicole Farhi SS12
When the show is over, everyone stands up, massive round of applause for Nicole Farhi who comes out for a few seconds to salute everyone, she seems sweetly satisfied, the show went extremely well to say the least.
Nicole Farhi SS12
1.45pm – I go back backstage, the magic is gone, everyone is packing up, grabbing that last cup of coffee/bottle of Vitamin Water and are already on their journey to the next show. I recognise a few familiar faces, people I’ve worked with before, everyone seems relieved, everything went well and everyone loved the show.

2pm – I’m out and on my way to Somerset House, knackered already, those 2 hours drained me of all my energy! The sun has come out to give us our last few hours of summer, perfect ending to an extraordinary show.

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