As Coco Sumner’s version of ‘Born To Be Wild’ blared into the BFC Show Space for Felder Felder’s latest offerings, there was no doubt that their trademark rock chick aesthetic was firmly in place. And with Sting’s wild child herself on the front row, alongside fellow musicians Paloma Faith and Shingai of The Noisettes, a rebellious rockstar vibe was in the air.
But what bounced down the catwalk wasn’t the usual black-on-black fare we've come to expect from the German twins. In comparison to the ode to Dracula last season, this is a fluffier rock chick for S/S ‘11; more girlie than gothic. The designers were inspired by the free-spirited Eighties, which set a disco tone reflected in the shredded tulle tutu numbers and electric colour palette. Exploding shades of blue - from cobalt to navy – were splashed against rich fuschia organza, playfully clashing with flirty red feathers.
But don’t get us wrong; Felder Felder’s signature pieces were still prevalent. Leather appeared via the Joan Jett-esque cigarette trousers and collarless jackets, plus the bone print, created by a holographic effect, kept things edgy. But it was the skater skirts, in truly flattering Alaïa-like silhouettes, that took centre stage along with the crystal embellished frocks towards the end. Yep, the collection was sheer rock ‘n’ roll.
by Jessica Vince