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Annette Felder Interview Autumn 2009

Few Fab Words With Annette Felder of Felder Felder

I recently was lucky enough to catch up with Annette Felder who is one sister from German duo Felder Felder. The two sisters have been creating rock'n'roll inspired pieces since 2006 when they set up their own design house. They both studied at Central Saint Martins and are particularly famous for leather, studded accessories.

This February they had an impressive installation at London Fashion Week which encapsulated their punkish influences. Here Annette tells me about their Autumn line and plans for the future.

  • What was the inspiration for your Autumn collection? This collection was inspired by Iggy Pop and early punk in the late ‘60s/early ‘70s. We looked at all different leathers and a lot of accessories as well and we’ve even actually developed quite a few accessories. We did a collaboration with (the jeweller) Zara Simon so she gave us the stones and we embellished our leather with them.

To hear more and for images of their recent collection, read more.

  • Can you tell us about the fabrics you’ve used for the rest? Our signature is working with a lot of leather and silks so we’ve combined them. We used studding as our embroidery and we also introduced really nice wool for blazers.
  • Key designers who’ve influenced you? I mean, there are designers that I like but they’re all pretty diverse. From Yves Saint Laurent to Christopher Kane – it’s very diverse, not any time or era.
  • What does the New Gen sponsorship mean for you? It’s a fantastic platform, I mean it’s really incredible what they’re doing for designers in London, and it makes London what it is.
  • Will you be doing any diffusions lines with Topshop? Not at the moment but never say never, you know?
  • What are your plans for the future? We have started introducing bags and they’re doing really well at Browns. Hopefully shoes next season.
  • Has the economy affected your collection at all? Absolutely yeah. Re-used fabrics, we’re just coming up ways with new ways to use them: bleached, dyed, studded. All of that stuff! We’re working really hard to have a reasonable price for the climate that’s happening at the moment and I think we’re achieving that and I’m proud of it.

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