September 17, 2011 London
Farhi said after the show that she was inspired by gardens this time out, and she incorporated the reference via 3-D embellishment and garment construction, as well as through print. A series of all-white looks at the close of the show featured laser-cut leather flowers, while a mod shift in buttercup yellow was appliquéd in plastic blossoms. Elsewhere, she used boning to lend a petal shape to pleated skirts, and gave otherwise simple dresses a sculptural aspect to do the same. The palette here was worthy of note: Alongside a bouquet of painterly floral prints, Farhi deployed tonal combinations of red, pink, blush, and orange that were almost too sweet. What cut the treacle was the counteraction of graphic elements, clean lines, and sporty accents. All in all, Farhi sent out a collection of pretty clothes with a modern tone.