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, though not for the fainthearted. The opening pieces were deceiving: 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). The black, bias cut organza two piece with pink detailing on the bust and hem was the best part of the evening wear. 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: keeping the print for appropriate pieces and not overdoing it. These pieces came in the form of chiffon dresses with fluid skirts – the most striking 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.
The twins used white abundantly and to great effect for a Spring/Summer collection. Sporty styles kept it modern: white wide legged jumpsuits with cut outs at the waist, white cardigans were kept young worn open with white triangle bras, white maxi dresses had racer straps. The real scorcher though, was the colourblocking of white set against an unexpected pairing of pink and coral-orange in a jersey cropped tee paired with the high waist, wide legged trousers and midi skirt.
Words: Abigail Southan