London Fashion Week is finally under way, and the most dramatic beauty look so far came to us courtesy of Felder Felder. The collection was inspired by the underwater world, so it's no surprise that the beauty look was a decidedly wet look, too. Jonny Engstrom at Guy Kremer soaked the models hair and swept it back off the face, making them look as if they'd just stepped out of the water. The beauty look followed suit, with barely-there makeup and dewy, luminous skin from the Max Factor team, led by Mel Arter. To finish the look, Sabrina Gavel painted nails a neutral beige using Max Factor Glossfinity polishes.
Olivia Palermo is known for mixing and matching cool prints and vibrant colors, but her latest NYC look proves monochromatic looks are anything but boring. Olivia balanced her textured black-on-black outfit — fur-trim Felder Felder coat, military-inspired brocade top, and coated Paige pants ($269) with nude ankle-strap pumps, then injected major flair with a gemstone chain-link belt and a brilliant Christian Dior suede clutch. Channel Olivia's A plus ensemble by layering a fur-trim topper over a military-inspired jacket and her exact leather bottoms, then attach a jeweled brooch to a gold chain belt to really nail her street-chic style.
London Fashion Week has kicked off, and Felder Felder — designed by sisters Dani and Annette Felder — has created an entire collection based on the '90s era when Kate Moss was dating Johnny Depp. With added influences like the Mayan calendar and their love of the blond color palette, the look was glamorous yet cool in chic neutral tones. Take a peek at the pictures straight from London Town.
Now in their fourth season since graduating from Central St Martins, the twin sis duo behind Felder Felder have nearly perfected that irresistible balance between hard and soft fashion elements. This season there was punk-chic metal embroidery and voluptuous Mongolian lambs wool, there were body-hugging leather pieces and pops of cobalt and tangerine to liven things up. If the archetypal concept of "cool girl" dressing involves a cocktail dress with a little leather jacket thrown over-top, then think of Felder Felder as modern interpreters of that look. In the gallery below, check out our snapshots from the showroom along with runway images from the Felder Felder show in Berlin.
>> Budget cuts brought fewer European retailers to New York Fashion Week and fewer US retailers to London Fashion Week — Julie Gilhart of Barneys, for one — so instead, designers are meeting them at the one Fashion Week they all can't miss: Paris.
Those from New York heading across the seas to meet with potential buyers and hopefully secure sales are Brian Reyes, Alexander Wang, and Victoria Bartlett of VPL, who are all sharing a space, plus Elise Overland, Jason Wu, Erin Fetherston, and Justin Giunta of Subversive Jewelry. Diane von Furstenberg and Philip Crangi have already been spotted together at Tuileries, but The Ritz Paris is said to be the unofficial headquarters of retailer-designer-meet-and-greet activity.
The British Fashion Council is also investing itself in a trip to Paris — starting Friday, designers such as House of Holland, Osman Yousefzada, Felder Felder and Louise Gray will reside at the JTM Gallery on Rue de Richelieu, where international fashion press and buyers will have a second chance to peruse the collections; the hope, of course, is to increase investment in London designers.