Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Designer Dosage: Nicole Farhi

Name: Nicole Farhi

Date of Birth: July 25, 1946

Hometown: Nice, France

Brand: Nicole Farhi

Claim to Fame: French fashion at it's finest.

Career: Nicole began her career in Paris as a freelance designer. In the early 1970's she moved to London to begin her long and close association with Stephen Marks. In 1982, Marks launched the "Nicole Farhi label", giving Nicole the opportunity to design a collection which more closely reflected the clothes she herself wanted to wear.

Five years into the life of the new company, Nicole launched a collection of sporty, easy pieces, a diffusion line under the name "Farhi," recently re-launched as "Farhi by Nicole Farhi." Since then, the Nicole Farhi" brand has grown to include shoes, small leather goods, perfume and jewellery.

In September 1994 Farhi opened her flagship store on London's New Bond Street, which also housed the first restaurant, "Nicole's". Nicole's is contemporary and minimal in design, boasting a modern European menu downstairs with an emphasis on fresh seasonal ingredients.

"Nicole Farhi Home" recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary. Nicole Farhi became one of Britain's first fashion designers to create a Home range that grew from her love of sculpting. Nicole sculpted unstructured handmade glassware and ceramics embodying her signature style of understated elegance. Each piece is beautifully designed but with its own character. The Clifford Street, London W1, store is dedicated to her homewear and other specifically selected labels along with collectable antiques which Nicole personally buys on her extensive travels.

Favs from Nicole Farhi Fall 2010 RTW:

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