Felder Felder are normally marketed as a label for the kinda gal that might be called a 'rock chick', which, if we are to look to their past collections, is apparently a term that denotes someone who likes to wear dark colours, lots of leather and long metal chains (ironic crucifix optional). But for next summer the Felder girls have dropped their grunge aesthetic (save for a pair of high-waisted black leather drainpipes) in favour of something much more feminine, and altogether more flirtatious. Thigh-skimming chiffon skater skirts and demure shifts were abundant, along with babydoll dresses and hot pink ruffled minis. It was clear the sisters had the beach on their mind, with aquamarine shades dominating the colour pallette together with silvery greys and splashes of fuschia.
Although the show notes stated inspiration as coming from a 'rebellious downtown girl', the clothes seemed more appropriate to a sweet teenage schoolgirl (albeit one with boys on the brain rather than their algebra homework). The sparkly cowl neck dresses wouldn't have been out of place at a school disco, but may have looked wrong on the back of a motorbike. The only vaguely 'rebellious' moments of the collection seemed to be the addition of several sheer tops sans underwear and a reworking of 'Born to be Wild' provided by Sting's daughter. In fact, Dani and Annette Felder don't appear to be rebelling at all, certainly not in any way that might offend their current clientele. If anything, the twins have softened any hard edges they may have had in the past to produce a collection that appeals to everyone. No bad thing necessarily, but if you're looking to be inspired for next season, then you may be left slightly disappointed.