LONDON--Here's the thing with group catwalk shows: While typically less expensive and sometimes more efficient, they leave the audience to compare the different collections in a more intimate way than they would otherwise.
Felder Felder showed its collection first, a fun, surf-inspired romp that was a little bit party girl--short, feather skirts in bold colors like royal blue and berry--and a little bit princess with long, sparkly, starry night-dresses. (The colors and shapes of the first ten looks or so reminded me of Proenza Schouler Spring 2010.) It was a wearable collection, if not totally memorable.
Marshall's, conversely, was both wearable and memorable. Well, as long as one was to put a slip or tank underneath those completely sheer blouses and dresses. Marshall could be called a goth minimalist, if that exists. Her work is mostly black and grey--a dove-colored shirt-dress was a standout--but it's not gaudy.
As for the crowd, they seemed pleased--and excited. While London is certainly not as organized as New York's Fashion Week, it has a certain energy that's unmatchable. I have a marathon of shows today, so I'm looking forward to seeing it in full swing.