The designers behind Felder Felder, German twin sisters Annette and Daniela Felder, graduated from Central St Martins just two years ago and, already, their clothing has been shot by Steven Misel for Italian Vogue and Browns Focus in London has declared them their best selling brand. To give you an idea of their aesthetic, you should take a peek at how the sister's dress themselves. Felder Felder is all about contrasts, in texture and silhouette, and their approach to dressing and designing involves mixing tougher, more tailored pieces (like leather hot shorts or a leather fringe jacket) with softer, more fluid ones (like maxi-length chiffon numbers). For Spring 09 the sisters kept to a nude palette, save for the occasional burst of salmon or sea foam, and it was successful for being experimental without being frivolous--something definitely appreciated on the Spring 09 catwalks. To see their Spring 2009 collection, click here. To see our snapshots from the showroom, click below.
Posts for November 17th 2008
When we were little we convinced our parents to buy us everything in the color purple with bonus points if it had sparkles--when we were little one of the first luxury handbag lines we knew by sight was Coach. We never thought we'd say this but these thousand dollar handbags are actually pulling at our heartstrings in some strange way. If we were shown these bags back then, we probably would have bowled over with happiness..not that much has changed, these Resort 2009 handbags are making us pretty happy even as adults. To see images from the Resort 2009 collection, click here.
If you happen to be in New York this week, Uniqlo is cheering everyone up with some human vending machines and free fashion. The rendering at left is meant to illustrate the arrangements, and NY Mag has the particulars, but we're still guessing you're going to have to see it to believe it. This global event has been set up to promote Uniqlo's new line of 'innerwear' called Heat Tech. Heat Tech garments are made from high-tech fibers that convert body moisture into heat--keeping you warm and (listen up fashionistas) bulk-free. Just when the world felt like a cold, lonely place--Uniqlo appears in Times Square with a Michel Gondry-like promotion and manages to warm our hearts.
American-borne designer, Natascha Stolle, made her debut at London Fashion Week this season and you would have never guessed it--Stolle's clothing is chic, young, and salable in every way. When we saw the collection on the runway we were struck by the mix of luxe fabrics and easy basics and, when we spoke with Stolle in the Centre For Fashion Enterprise pop-up showroom, she explained to us that one of her goals was to take young, easy pieces and make them slightly more luxe and special. We saw the wrapped chain necklaces and knotted grey jersey pieces as a testament to this effort and it was hard to believe this was the designer's first go at fashion week. Stolle's aesthetic goals in this collection also play into a larger interest in "the dilemma the teenage girl faces in developing her own personal style...when she must navigate between how she wants to dress, and how she ought to" and we think this a relevant course of study indeed. To see our video of Stolle's collection at London Fashion Week, click here. To see our snapshots from the showroom, click below.
Perhaps the most generous of all collaborations is that of Payless and the designer-after all, where else could you go Collab Mad for less than twenty dollars? This holiday/resort season Payless worked with Patricia Field, Abaete, and Lela Rose on capsule collections that cover club hopping, island hopping, and black tie hopping respectively. To see the Payless/Holiday line sheets, click here.
Magazines turning themselves into valuable artifacts, reeling in the long-form-with-nothing-to-lose identity they have been forced to embrace, are coming up with pretty clever ways to draw in new readership (and their loyal advertisers). One such example happens to be coming from Dazed, whose website, DazedDigital, is far from an 'online presence'--it is actually something the magazine has to, in a sense, live up to. For the January issue Britain's under 18s have been asked to design a cover which somehow illustrates what it means to be young and British today. Hedi Slimane happens to have shot all of the fashion for this issue over the course of three days and it is suggested, not required, that participants use Slimane's photographs as a starting point. This contest was borne from an overwhelming response to a writing contest on the same topic for the same issue... consider our interest piqued.