September 19th, 2015
Felder twins Daniela and Anette have used the tropical environment in Miami to inspire their new colour palettes and prints for Spring Summer 16.
Glitz and glam
The show opened with metallic, holographic fabrics dominating. The iridescent, silver trouser suit was a real shower-stopper, but not for the fainthearted. The opening pieces were deceiving though, and the collection was in general more ready-to-wear than the glittery suits suggested. Evening wear came in the form of black lace (a suit worn open with a simple black triangle bra underneath) or brocade with glitter threads running through it (a flared tea dress with an uber mini skirt and cut outs at the waist). A black organza two piece with pink detailing to cover the bust and the same detail along the hem of a beautiful midi skirt, bias cut and just below the knee was the best part of the evening wear. The sheen of the organza in its barest form was beautiful, and it was super wearable- maybe not just with underwear for the best of us though. The black sheer shirts and gothic maxi dress in silk chiffon did not fit with the fun theme of the collection, but the fluidity and drape of the fabric was striking all the same.
The girls’ new ‘Florida Flamingo’ print featured lightly in the show, which was unexpected but appreciated. The line kept the print for appropriate pieces, not overdoing it. These pieces came in the form of chiffon dresses with fluid skirts-one dress had with a slit skirt, almost flamenco style. The blue background of the pink flamingos made for a pretty and elegant print, just dodging kitsch. Another strong print in the line was a fiery pink and coral brocade with glitter threads, featured on sixties mini-dresses and longer fit and flare styles sexed up with small cut outs at the waist (cut outs are questionable at times, but on more modest styles they work).
The twins used white abundantly and to great effect for a Spring/Summer collection. Sporty styles kept it modern. There were white wide legged jumpsuits with cut outs at the waist, white cardigans kept young worn open with white triangle bras, white maxi dresses with racer straps, white lace co-ords with low rise miniskirts and white lace long sleeved mini dresses. The real scorcher though, was the white set against an unexpected pairing of pink and coral-orange; wonderland’s favourite pieces were the simple but well structured, jersey cropped tee paired with the high waist wide legged trousers and midi skirt in this colour-blocking style.
Words: Abigail Southan