Great style outside the show
The venue: Museo della Permanente
Nicole Farhi and her menswear designer Massimo Nicosia
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For summer 2012, Nicole Farhi pays tribute to the forthcoming Olympic Games introducing elements of retro sports gear, delivering a versatile and urban collection.
Drawing inspiration from the historic 1908 London Games and the 1981 iconic film 'Chariots of Fire', the collection focuses on traditionally English sporting disciplines from rowing and fencing to athletics and horse riding.
Innovation, technology, performance and comfort, are applied to traditional menswear attire. Sporting elements are worked in - ergonomic tailoring flows throughout the collection, garments are seamsealed, not always stitched and traditional fabrics are treated with modern techniques.
Elements such as straps, tape and binding feature throughout and garments are treated with a 'chalk' finish, giving texture and tone.
Heightened capabilitiy is given to traditional fabrics and garments - smooth Lycra jersey is bonded with linen and canvas.
The parka`s construction is revised - heavy canvas outer contrasts with a lightweight double layer inner.
Knitwear takes new form. The classic 'cricket' jumper is reworked fusing cable knit cotton with technical interlining.
The colour palette is neutral with cool grey, chalk and optic white fading into ivory, chino and khaki, punctuated with lime. Air force blue runs into navy.
Launching for S/S 2012, sunglasses compliment the collection.