London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2009. Photos by Simon James.
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.
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.