September 13, 2013 London
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.