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London Fashion Week S/S 2011 catwalk review: Felder Felder

The Felder twins provide a perfect cocktail-hour wardrobe at their show for party girls, September 17th 2011.

Written by Satu Fox

Illustrations by Rachel Lewis

In what is swiftly developing into a London Fashion Week tradition, here Fashion editor Matt Bramford and I found ourselves outside The Old Sorting Office at 9.15 on a cold Saturday morning for what was our third consecutive Bernard Chandran Catwalk and at least Matt’s fourth time covering this intriguing designer known at the time for flamboyant designs chosen by the odd British pop star (Beverly Knight was often in the crowds).

However despite being shows previously greeting the audience with models adorned with SAARS protection masks and dress pattens developed from a lantern hanging in the designers studio, page S/S 11 continued down the path started by Chandran’s A/W 2010 collection of which were more commercial than experimental in nature. Considering the economic climate and the limited funds these designers often have available to them, it is not surprising that the majority of S/S 2010 has been a relatively sellable affair. Perhaps this is a result of the hard work put in by the British Fashion Council to reestablish London Fashion Week as a viable option for buyers to stop at between New York, Milian and Paris.

Illustration by Rachel Lewis Illustrations by Rachel Lewis

For S/S, the Bernard Chandran women will be dressed in a simple shift coupled with outsized rectangular paneling or the designers trademark use of print. These delicate prints adorning the clothes often have surprising original locations – be it studio detritus, objects or the environment of the designer’s native Malaysia.

The collection at times shimmered with deep golds interwoven with simmering greens, the collection embraced the colour spectrum and metallics made an appearance either as the material a dress was cut from…

or within knitted patchwork panels:

As will be duly noted by now this London Fashion Week has been the season of tottering models – but perhaps it is not surprising when they are sent down the catwalk in both the highest and filmiest of shoes? One model who never regained her balance limped out of the catwalk. The music for the show was performed live by Mr Hudson, the hard beats of the DJ a bold contrast with the sophisticated projection for what we will be wearing in S/S 2011.

Chandran is inspired by and uses a technique known as …

Illustration by Rachel Lewis

The off schedule London catwalks often provide a break from the banal trend reporting the fashion press increasingly focuses on. In reality breathtaking shows whose ripple effects are seen across catwalks for seasons to come are few and far between. Sometimes the original collection itself was not groundbreaking, but it’s essence will become a zeitgeist. Currently an idea of sophisticated 70′s elegance dominates following the recent collections of Chloe, Celine and Stella MaCartney, it was refreshing to see a collection by a designer who is continuing to develope their own aesthetic language.

Trousers came as skinny as the eponymous YSL cigarette, Bernard Chandran finished his gental collection with a dress made for cocktail lounging…

The Jumpsuit presence remains undiminished, are they coming stalwarts of a designers repertoire? As uniform perhaps as Trousers, Skirts and Dresses are?

I keep baring in mind we are seeing Spring Summer predictions for 2011 in which case we will have fully embraced the 70′s via Chloe, Celine and Stella and will be wishing we lived somewhere other than England to be able to wear a sheer tunic unaccompanied with goose pimples.
Illustration by Rachel Lewis Illustrations by Rachel Lewis

In what is swiftly developing into a London Fashion Week tradition, side effects Fashion editor Matt Bramford and I found ourselves outside The Old Sorting Office at 9.15 on a cold Saturday morning. For what would be our third consecutive Bernard Chandran Catwalk and at least Matt’s fourth time covering this intriguing designer known for flamboyant designs London is so famous for.

However despite being shows previously greeting the audience with models adorned with SAARS protection masks and dress pattens developed from a lantern hanging in the designers studio, malady S/S 11 continued down the path started by Chandran’s A/W 2010 collection of which were more commercial than experimental in nature. Considering the economic climate and the limited funds these designers often have available to them, cialis 40mg it is not surprising that the majority of S/S 2010 has been a relatively sellable affair. Perhaps this is a result of the hard work put in by the British Fashion Council to reestablish London Fashion Week as a viable option for buyers to stop at between New York, Milian and Paris.

Illustration by Rachel Lewis Illustrations by Rachel Lewis

For S/S, the Bernard Chandran women will be dressed in a simple shift coupled with outsized rectangular paneling or the designers trademark use of print. These delicate prints adorning the clothes often have surprising original locations – be it studio detritus, objects or the environment of the designer’s native Malaysia.

The collection at times shimmered with deep golds interwoven with simmering greens, the collection embraced the colour spectrum and metallics made an appearance either as the material a dress was cut from…

or within knitted patchwork panels:

As will be duly noted by now this London Fashion Week has been the season of tottering models – but perhaps it is not surprising when they are sent down the catwalk in both the highest and filmiest of shoes? One model who never regained her balance limped out of the catwalk. The music for the show was performed live by Mr Hudson, the hard beats of the DJ a bold contrast with the sophisticated projection for what we will be wearing in S/S 2011.

Chandran is inspired by and uses a technique known as …

The off schedule London catwalks often provide a break from the banal trend reporting the fashion press increasingly focuses on. In reality breathtaking shows whose ripple effects are seen across catwalks for seasons to come are few and far between. Sometimes the original collection itself was not groundbreaking, but it’s essence will become a zeitgeist.

Currently an idea of sophisticated 70′s elegance dominates following the recent collections of Chloe, Celine and Stella MaCartney, it is refreshing to see collections by designers who are continue to develop their own aesthetic language.

Trousers came as skinny as the eponymous YSL cigarette and the presence of the jumpsuit remains undiminished, are they becoming stalwarts of a designer’s repertoire? As uniform perhaps as Trousers, Skirts and Dresses? For S/S 2011 Bernard Chandran finished this gental collection with a dress made for cocktail lounging…

Felder Felder by Antonia Parker.

I have no time for snobs in any genre (for example, cure contrary to popular hipster opinion, bands do not suddenly become rubbish because other people like them) so I’m not ashamed to say that the first thing I thought when I saw the Felder Felder collection was “I can imagine Leighton Meester of Gossip Girl fame wearing one of these dresses at an event of some kind”. Unless you’ve been unemployed and your two closest friends have been your ability to download US teen dramas off the internet, and the bottle, you can’t understand my feelings for Leighton.

One of the reasons I mentally photoshopped these clothes onto her is because they do have elements in common with labels she’s already worn, like Versus by Christopher Kane and Proenza Schouler – short but sweet dresses with attention to colour and structure. That’s a good thing, and a sort of low-key glamour is the Felder twins’ signature look, although apparently the show attracted front-row guests like Paloma Faith and Kanye West’s girlfriend Amber Rose – this indicates that either I am blind or there’s a lot of dramatic potential with these clothes. I loved the show and it was a rare one where you can imagine it on the rails in Liberty and even on oneself - the Felder twins appeared at the end doing justice to their own clothes, which is really heartening to see.

While all was sexy good times inside the tent this was the first show to suffer from LFW ticketing drama – it was very oversubscribed and we were lucky to get in because a lot of ticket-holders were turned away. Queuing has been a trending topic as many shows including PPQ fell prey to this ticketing palaver – everyone wants to know how it’s possible to send out 1200 tickets for a 600-seat audience. Two people, even two miniature fashion people, per seat is probably pushing it.

Speaking of miniature people, I’ve seem quite a few kids at LFW, which is pretty much par for the course, but today for the first time I saw a baby in a pram. Is it right to indoctrinate children into a belief system so early on? Why not after all. If I ever have a child I am definitely going to dress it in miniature versions of my outfits and make it watch Clueless every night before it goes to sleep.

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One Response to “London Fashion Week S/S 2011 catwalk review: Felder Felder”

  1. Absolutely fabulous show, plenty of scrumptious wild colours!
    Really cool illustration from Antonia Parker.

    If you wish to see more of the textiles I designed for FELDER-FELDER check out my blogs:
    http://www.myspace.com/cestlenferdelamode
    http://angelaillustrator.blogspot.com/

    AngelaxX

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