Nicole Farhi’s Joanna Sykes’ Purist Casual Approach

by Katie on January 20, 2014


Nicole Farhi showcased an informal studio presentation with a collection devoted to signature knitwear and eased silhouettes. Creative Director Joanna Sykes continued her purist journey with the label by emphasizing deconstructed separates produced from the softest organic textures of wool, flannel and jersey.


The collection was removed from the confines of strict tailoring. Pattern knits in ‘Ninja tweed’ (tan grey, white and black) were paired with cashmere track pants. Sykes’ adopted themes of ‘protection’ and ‘sanctuary’ translated into the exclusion of all signatories of suiting and belt-worthy trousers. Paradise for AW’14, moreover, was interpreted as clothes for comforting the body – a soft, warm and over-proportioned refuge from the darts and buttons ritualistic daywear.


Outerwear offered a further protective layer with monochromatic parkas, pea coats and Chesterfields. A wool and leather biker jacket was also thrown in the mix, but the best cocoon for next season is seemingly a car coat in a duck egg and grey checked wool. With emphasis on nurtured fabrics and lax construction, the collection maintains the Farhian tradition of providing elemental pieces for casual day (and weekend) wear.

Review written by Cody James (@roguing_vogue) for Katie Chutzpah blog.

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