Fashion Biography

Nicole Farhi, Fashion Designer


Nicole Farhi is one of the most consistent, most successful and most admired fashion designers in England. Her unique blend of easy but functional tailoring with luxurious, desirable separates and accessories has made her name synonymous with quality. In the last twenty five years she has built up a passionate following not just in the UK, but in the US, Far East and increasingly throughout the world.

Born in Nice and trained in fashion design, Nicole began her career in Paris as a freelance. In the early 1970"s

she moved to London to begin her long and close association with Stephen Marks. First they worked together at French Connection, for whom Nicole was principal designer for over a decade. Then 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. Since then the Nicole Farhi brand has grown to take in swimwear, shoes, accessories and eveningwear.

When Nicole launched her now renowned menswear collection in 1989, it seemed an effortless transition. I was designing women"s

clothes that had a masculine touch ", says Farhi. Softly tailored suits and separates have now made her menswear as coveted and popular as her women"s


In September 1994 Farhi opened her flagship store and restaurant „Nicole"s

? on London"s

New Bond Street. „Nicole"s

? is contemporary and minimal in design. The modern European menu downstairs has an emphasis on fresh seasonal ingredients. In October 1998, Nicole Farhi became one of Britain"s

first fashion designers to create a Home range, combining unstructured handmade glassware and ceramics with found antiques which Nicole personally selects from her extensive travels. Embodying Nicole"s

signature style of understated elegance, each piece is beautifully designed yet unassuming.
„202? was born in October 2002 in London"s

Westbourne Grove. More casual, more easy going than her previous ventures, 202 gracefully combines all aspects of Nicole"s

business, the clothing range, homeware products and a chic all day cafe/brasserie. 202 was such an immediate success that it was followed up quickly with another in New York"s

Chelsea market.
In October 2005 saw Nicole embarking on her new project creating fragrance. The first fragrances Nicole Farhi Femme and Nicole Farhi Homme have top note ingredients of neroli, tuberose bud and ylang ylang. Nicole Farhi Femme has an enticing energy and seductive warmth. Nicole Farhi Homme is an aromatic and oriental fragrance with notes of lime, white musk and fresh patchouli. Following on from the success of these scents, Nicole went onto create her second fragrances Bleu Azur (for women) and Bleu Intense (for men) both perfectly reflecting her love of the Mediterranean. Bleu Azur has a fresh floral scent with citrus top notes of bergamot, lemon and grapefruit, while Bleu Intense has a fresh herbal woody fragrance with exhilarating top notes of mandarin, green galbanum, and sage. The heavy glass bottles forboth fragrances were sculpted by Nicole in her own studio to reflect the glassware collection at Nicole Farhi Home.

Nicole Farhi now has 9 free standing stores internationally, concessions nationwide and wholesale customers in the US, Italy, Russia, Spain, Australia, Scandinavia and the Far East. There are also showrooms in London, New York, Paris, Milan and Madrid.

An eight time nominee for the British Fashion Awards, Nicole Farhi won the British Classics award in 1989 and the Contemporary collections in 1995, 1996 and again in 1997. Nicole Farhi was also named Menswear Designer of the Year at the 2000 FHM Awards, and British Designer of the Year at the 2001 Maxim Awards. Nicole has also won a „Fifi? award for the Nicole Farhi Homme fragrance.

In October 2007, Nicole was awarded with an honorary C.B.E (Commander of the most excellent order of the British Empire) for her services to the Fashion Industry. Most recently, in June 2008, the Confederation of British Industry (C.B.I) honoured Nicole with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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