Monday, October 5, 2009

All Day and All of the Night

The sensory experience of donning a Rolling Stones tour performance jacket, its metal beads, the silky lining – even in paper-thin black leather – the jacket clings to you; its weight wraps around the curves of your shoulders, and drapes, then molds perfectly, enhancing a certain element of your persona the moment it meets your frame. It’s the epitome of a second skin. A lofty description, perhaps, but fitting in reference to Felder Felder’s jacket of this very sort: a cropped, studded, destined-to-be-forever piece from their Autumn/Winter 2009 collection.

Felder Felder is a collection of inspired separates designed by twins Daniela and Annette Felder. Born in Germany and now based in London (this entry is in line with last week’s promise to provide a discourse on the great brands emerging from the U.K.) the sisters have quietly, yet quickly generated an elite fashion following, and significant industry accolades with designs deriving from a signature aesthetic pairing reinterpreted grunge with all day/all night glamour; soft construction with hard embellishments and overall sophistication and polish with a certain louche sensibility.

The collection debuted for Spring 2008 with a showing at London Fashion Week, and we quickly recognized an instant appeal and depth to the brand. Debut New York has introduced Felder Felder in Manhattan for Autumn/Winter 2009, and has a range of key pieces, including a skinny pant in graphic, asymmetric black and white tie-dye, a softly draped coat dress closing at the waist with a hint of studding, and a personal favorite: the black leather jacket detailed with patch-like smatterings of gold and silver nailhead studs. There’s also a perfect black mini that masquerades as a refined ballet-inspired look by day, and party dress by night. 

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