Inside a packed Courtyard Show Space at Somerset House, the lights dim, the audience is mute, and a spotlight appears. Taking centre stage is our very own music editor, Kate Nash, who acts as the auditory compliment for the Felder Felder SS13 London Fashion Week show.
With Kate dressed in a flared black suede dress and Dr.Martens, Annette and Dani Felder create a rock and roll atmosphere before their Broken Wings collection even begins. Annette states “We are inspired by real women, by our customers, not by an artificial and perfected ideal”, which is clear in the collection. The runway was not donned by Leigh Bowery-esque constructions, augmenting body ideals, or conceptual design; the collection appeared wearable, with a mature, confident style as a stomping pink haired Charlotte Free opened the collection in pastel coloured prints. Upon closer inspection backstage post-show, we realised what we thought to be leopard print was in fact incomparable attention to detail, with minuscule prints of broken butterfly wings.
Lingerie inspired swimwear followed milky, turquoise mesh skirts and high waisted shorts, whilst clean and simple tailored trousers and white buttoned down shirts accompanied glamourous maxi dresses with thigh-high front splits – embodying a women’s true fashion needs, the alluring shades and intricate prints showed the genuine direction of womenswear for SS13. Swirling prints and suede trouser suits brought sophistication to the collection, and an air of authority was established.
Felder Felder was a special show to behold; the audience were pin-drop silent and fully engrossed by the statement that true beauty can lie in perfect design and attention to detail. Sadly honesty and imperfections rarely own a catwalk, yet Felder Felder presented realism with the unobtainable necessities every catwalk needs, showing a forever unravelling collection that left the audience in awe of skill and eager to find out more. Only under a microscope can you de-construct the composition of a butterfly’s wings, and we were left wanting to do the exact same to Felder Felder’s SS13 offerings.
Words by Declan Higgins
Catwalk photography by Christopher Dadey