Long-established French designer Nicole Farhi lives in London and has a network of boutiques founded in partnership with her ex-husband, Stephen Marks, the owner of FCUK and a senior figure in the British fashion industry. Together they have a reputation as purveyors of the acceptable face of British style—clothes capable of traveling the Atlantic with an even chance of being understood by the American public.

Farhi thinks of wardrobe options rather than sweeping collection statements or runway theatrics, and many British women rely on the attainable, everyday luxury of her sportswear. One of the label’s strengths is outerwear, which carried through for fall in a variety of neat-to-the-body coats and jackets, often trimmed with deep fur collars. Reversed rabbit-skin coats and distressed-leather jackets with puffy poacher pockets exude just the right note of casual confidence for busy female executives.

Farhi’s up-to-the-minute formulas—cropped pants and leather boots; a flippy pleated chiffon skirt worn with opaque tights—are timeless fall options for women who simply want to look right without trying too hard. Life is complicated enough as it is.