With the rain pouring down on day one of London fashion week, the German twins Daniela and Annette Felder immersed the fashion crowd in a watery-themed Spring collection. Models came out shimmering, with damp skin and slicked-back hair suggesting they had just emerged from the waves. Colors like aqua, seaweed, and coral and prints inspired by fish scales and shell-like shapes helped convey the oceanic motif. For the twins, it was a collection about jumping into the deep end: "We are from a small town from Germany, only around two thousand people. Getting into design in London was like diving into the unknown—so that's why water was a big inspiration for us this season."

Felder Felder has long been known for its love of contrasts, and this showing was no exception: The fabrics were modern—think neoprene, plastic, tufts of organza, and lashes of quilting. Yet in contrast, the shapes were romantic and whimsical. An interesting waist detail on an aqua neoprene skirt suggested the shape of a clam, and a frothy chiffon blouse mimicked sea foam. There was a softness to that chiffon top, but for the most part, rigid shapes ruled. No surprise, since the designers (lanky six-footers themselves) prefer a close-to-the-body fit. There were body-loving racerback dresses and short fluted skirts, along with fit-and-flare numbers. One particular winning look was a kaleidoscopic quilted skater dress in a salmon scales print, with cutaway waist inserts. As Annette explained: "It's how you see the fish underwater—you know, when you go diving and all the colors get trippy."

If there was anything fishy in the collection, it was the two black chiffon looks that came out mid-show; they were lacking in conviction and seemed unnecessarily harsh in the midst of such a buoyant collection. Otherwise, there was plenty here to please those looking for their Felder Felder fix.