Nicole Farhi MAN, Autumn/Winter 2014 London Collections: Men

The comfort and informality offered by a well-crafted wardrobe are at the core of autumn/winter 2014. Cosy and masculine, the collection draws upon man’s need for tactile familiarity in a synthetic world full of digital distractions. The clothes have an eased silhouette with generous proportion.

Creative Director Joanna Sykes translates outerwear staples into protective shells that are free from pomp and fuss. Made in collaboration with several English mills, each expresses Sykes’s purist vision. The collection includes English scuba wool flannel and snug shearling as well as double face construction. Tailoring is deconstructed and relaxed in cavalry twill jersey.

Fabrics are fluffy and quilted, warm and laundered. Notably, they are organic and natural. Bouclé granite tweed sportswear, Ninja tweed knit jumpers and cashmere double blanket track pants set the tone for a season that is loosened yet smart and bohemian in spirit. Colours are dignified and pensive: caramel flax, lichen and charcoal mélange with midnight navy, washed khaki, Air Force and duck egg blue.

A reinterpreted monk shoe with tough bridle leather strap is produced in collaboration with English shoemakers Tricker’s who have been making shoes by hand since 1829.

Instead of dressing for the people around him, the Nicole Farhi Man looks for authentic clothes of intrinsic quality. The autumn/winter 2014 collection insists on a sensorial intimacy that only the wearer can truly value.

Author: Emmanuel Ray

Nominee, London Personality of the Year 2012 (London Lifestyle Awards). Winner, Fashion Icon of the Year 2011 (Fashions Finest Awards, UK).

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