Nicole Farhi’s Seaside Trip for S/S’13 Menswear

by Katie on July 2, 2012

Oh we British do like to be beside the seaside. I grew up in Devon only minutes from the beach and have rosy memories of Mr. Whippy, mild sunburn, and that mixture of ozone and fish ‘n’ chip salt and vinegar which hangs in the air. Our view of the English seaside benefits from such nostalgia.

Take Brighton for instance, the inspiration for Massimo Nicosia’s Spring/Summer 2013 menswear collection for Nicole Farhi. My enduring recollection of Brighton isn’t the then burnt-out pier, the naff gay bars, or feeling threatened by the homeless who descend upon the streets after dark, but throwing back cocktails in the Victorian majesty of the Grand Hotel with a grandstanding Times columnist whilst occasionally mine-sweeping leftover cake.

Nicole Farhi can afford to be nostalgic. Celebrating three decades in the clothing business, what better way to celebrate than to show one of the youngest and freshest Farhi menswear collections in years?

Neat and light, with an inventive use of textiles, this is a collection which charms at every turn. The silhouette is slim and the colours muted and undemanding.

Chintzy seaside B & B floral is quilted and lined with white terry towelling, bold deckchair stripes are flocked onto seersucker, and beachy textures are evoked in a sand slub-weave T-shirt, or a loose textured knit. The most obvious nautical nod is some fitted sailor trousers, which are perhaps the sauciest garment Farhi has ever put her name to, although there is some competition in the semi-opaque under-as-outerwear pieces produced in collaboration with English clothing manufacturer Sunspel.

Another partnership, with footwear brand Trickers, has resulted in some chunky brogues with detachable tongues, characteristic of the quietly inventive undercurrent coursing through this accomplished, commercial collection.

Review written by Lee Clatworthy (@TeamChutzpah) for Katie Chutzpah blog.
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