British fashion makes waves in Manhattan
Friday 17 September 1999
The cultural exchange programme appears to be in full swing in New York Fashion Week, with everyone from Ghost's Tanya Sarne, Vivienne Westwood and Nicole Farhi to the leader of the Brit-pack, Alexander McQueen, unveiling their collections. Last night, Nicole Farhi was the first of the British contingent to show state-side.
Not even the high winds and floods brought on by the imminent approach of Hurricane Floyd, expected to hit New York city later today, could keep the fashion pack away.
A much brighter forecast for spring/summer 2000 appeared on Farhi's catwalk - white sparkling suits, supple pearlised leather jackets and hip-hugging trousers, organic-looking crinkled silk separates and fluid jerseys printed with fist-sized polka dots or embroidered with translucent sequins, looked fresh and optimistic.
Why should Farhi show her collection here instead of London? The answer is for sound business reasons, made evident after the show, when Farhi invited her audience to the opening of her uptown megastore - just a stiletto- heeled walk from Calvin Klein's temple of minimalism and Barneys, the New Yorkers' equivalent of Harvey Nichols.
The canny French-born Farhi - referred to over here as Britain's answer to Donna Karan - knows that there is no better way of creating a buzz around a new and expensive-looking shopping venue than to offer up her collection for inspection on the local catwalk.
All of Manhattan's fashion scene turned out for the event, filling the 20,000 sqare foot interior, designed by Michael Gabellini, the famed architect responsible for creating modernist shopping environments for Jil Sander.
Cool neutral-coloured walls, stone floors, long marble tables and what seemed like acres of space, made the autumn/ winter collection that dripped luxuriously from the matt chrome rails look like an artist's installation - although these exhibits certainly carried a "Please Touch" sign. Farhi's latest style statement, a modern mix of trend-conscious yet pure and simple silhouettes, will keep her fans happy.
- 2 Pope Francis issues top 10 tips for happiness
- 3 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 4 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Russell Brand accuses FOX News anchor Sean Hannity of terrorism after aggressive Israel-Gaza debate
Pope Francis issues top 10 tips for happiness
Justin Bieber posts Instagram photo of Orlando Bloom crying after Ibiza fight 'over Miranda Kerr'
Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
Kelsey Grammer forgives the man who raped and murdered his sister in 1975
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisis
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
- < Previous
- Next >
£35000 - £40000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: .Mid Level V...
£40000 - £45000 per annum + Competitive Benefits: Progressive Recruitment: Dig...
£40000 - £50000 per annum + Car, Medical, Fuel + More!: Progressive Recruitmen...
£50000 - £60000 per annum + benefits: Progressive Recruitment: An absolutely o...