The first half of Felder Felder’s Autumn/Winter 2013 collection had a palette of burgundy red, soft peach and finally gave way to an understated gold snake print. One piece that particularly stood out was a semi translucent peach trench coat which hung almost like a second skin. Formed of what looked like latex, it was paired with a translucent skirt of the same fabric and an unexpected woollen high necked jumper. High necks seemed to be a theme for the first part of the show, allowing the designers to show off shoulders and legs whilst still keeping the clothes very classy. The classic pencil skirt was also very present throughout the collection, though formed out of thick knits and heavily ribbed they managed to look fresh and current.
The remainder of the show seemed to represent the winter months, leaving behind the autumnal reds and golds and turning to blacks and navy. Again, an interesting and well chosen pairing of texture updated timeless classics. A wool jumper and latex pencil skirt provided a seemingly wearable take on the old woollen skirt suit. One of my favourite outfits of the day, though probably the simplest was a pair of beautifully cut high-waisted trousers paired with a tie up velvet blouse. It emulated the vintage feel of the collection and demonstrated that black is always far from boring.
The whole show had been very thoughtfully styled. In keeping with the clothing, the accessories all seemed to lend themselves to a bygone era. Red and black felt bowlers topped off the collection, managing to make the models look smart and demure whilst at the same time contemporary.
The models were styled with long flowing hair and a strong red lip whilst faces were kept bare. Thin belts cinched in waists and simple, plain heels finished off the outfits whilst reinforcing the notion that this was indeed a very grown up collection.
The showstopper gown of the show had to be the final dress, a beautifully draped, billowing silver number which seemed to float down the runway.
Following this, the show ended on a pair of matching shearling coats. One grey, one white and styled with a simple belt and heels, they looked warm enough to take any of us through a cold British winter.
This was definitely my favourite show of the day. The designers had presented a very grown up and stylish take on well loved classics, such as the trench coat and pencil skirt, whilst very much making them their own. Their playfulness with texture and subtle pattern meant that not only were the pieces beautifully made they were also interesting and fashion forward.
Words | Poppy Sakulku
Photo | Elise Rose