Today's Nicole Farhi show started off ho-hum, with a series of soigné summertime looks in white and yellow that wouldn't have seemed out of place in an old Slim Aarons photo. Nice enough—but then things got interesting. Farhi likes to experiment with her textiles, and the first hint that she had a few of those tricks up her sleeve this season appeared in an oversize mesh tank top covered all over with sequins. Then there was the micro mesh, printed in a rich floral pattern and layered over colored fabrics that made the flowers pop. Mesh-faced garments such as a greenish pair of boy-cut trousers and a fuchsia-toned top looked beautiful from afar, and a little blurry and strange up close; the effect wasn't unlike coming upon a pointillist painting by Georges Seurat, and watching it take shape and dissolve again before your eyes as you shift perspective.

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.