January 10, 2014 London
London's posh Mayfair neighborhood was another inspiration for Farrier—she was parachuted there out of her normal office for the first few weeks of her tenure and landed in a Park Lane spot belonging to company chairwoman Camilla Al Fayed. As she is a South East London girl, the area was so different for her—and charmed her so much—that she worked it into the collection. Illustrations of stately Georgian homes and the trellises, urns, and stone dogs that adorn many of their doorsteps turned up as a tiny print on silk skirts and blouses.
Farrier also updated the Issa classics: The now famous "Kate Middleton" dress had a lower waist, pockets, and roll neck. The signature fit-and-flare dress that is the brand's top seller was done in a spunky new jacquard. The designer took risks with her color palette, too. Not everyone is going to wear a turmeric or mustard suit or a shiny gold bullion-colored blouse. This lineup was not safe or shy, but the good news for Farrier is neither is the Issa customer. With this collection, she has well and truly made her point: Things are gonna change around here.