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The Runway Rundown: Feben AW24

The Runway Rundown: Feben AW24Photo: Isidore Montag / Gorunway.com
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When London-based designer Feben announced her upcoming AW24 show would be supported by Dolce & Gabbana's talent incubator programme set to take place in Milan, taking a pause away from the London Fashion Week schedule, the Ethiopian, Sweden-reared designer piqued the interest of editors across the industry, and no doubt her roster of A-list clientele too – Beyoncé, Erykah Badu and Michaela Coel, to name but a few.

Following in the footsteps of Karoline Vitto, Matty Bovan, Miss Sohee and Tomo Koizumi, who were all taken under Dolce & Gabanna’s wing as a guest designer, Feben brought a slice of London to Milan with her after-dark-ready dresses and bobbled garments.

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Here is everything you need to know about 'Speed', Feben's AW24 collection unveiled in Milan.

The Inspirations

An ode to the eternal joys of readying oneself for a night out, and the adrenaline rush which comes as a result of rapidly creating a collection surrounded by community, the collection combined signature tactile garments embedded within the designer's house codes first introduced during her Central Saint Martins MA final collection (eg the 'Twist' dress – with animal prints plucked from the Dolce & Gabbana archive). ‘I was thinking [about] how quickly you have to make a collection,’ Feben said of the riotous line. ‘ I really related to the 1990s archive animal prints – for me, that is very Dolce & Gabbana!’.

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A surrealist lens contributed to the designer's playful interpretation of the nostalgic prints as the designer became enamoured by German artist Isa Genzken, best known for her experimental and varied work across sculptures and installations. ‘I was inspired when I stumbled on how Isa [Genzken] had fun making duct tape stripes in colours. I like finding that balance, on the edge of what is ugly. And making it cool.’

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The Collection

The radical collection oscillated between colour-packed pieces and muted neutrals, plush outerwear, and seductive and form-fitting dresses on the runway. The Twist dress made an appearance in crushed velvet in numerous iterations for the first time: inky black, lapis-blue and a daffodil hue, the driving force behind the new direction being the creative's desire for women to ‘feel like a work of art’. Shades of blue, yellow, and black permeated the collection, capturing the vibrancy of the line.

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Photo: Isidore Montag / Gorunway.com
model walking feben aw24
Photo: Isidore Montag / Gorunway.com

Further highlights included vibrant slashed print tops in multicoloured vibrant prints teamed with chaps, and a sleeveless beige, calf-skimming dress with creases which sit on the hips with flashes of animal print. Feben explained the importance of spiked dresses inspired by a jagged statue by artist Simone Yvette Leigh, which from afar, and to the naked eye, look solid but in actuality were crafted using mesh material. Arguably, the pièce-de-résistance this season was an oatmeal, knee-length padded coat/dress hybrid comprising ribbed side detailing that ensured it made it to the top of every editors wish list before it had even exited the runway.

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Sustainability is habitual to the designer's creative process – and this season was no different. Upcycled beading work courtesy of artisans in Accra, Ghana (with whom she has a longstanding relationship) appeared on chaps, jewellery and handbags.

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The Casting

At its core, body diversity was key for Feben and it was evident in the casting: Aoki Lee Simmons, daughter of legendary model and founder of Noughties label Baby Phat, Kimora Lee Simmons, made her debut for the brand alongside editor Tish Weinstock and Vivienne Westwood's granddaughter Cora Corré inside Dolce & Gabbana headquarters. Feben called on esteemed model Ashley Graham to walk in a blue dress with a sheer overlay and then close the show in a sensual get-up in the form of a black, plunging V-neck dress with sheer black gloves.

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Photo: Isidore Montag / Gorunway.com
model walking feben aw24
Photo: Isidore Montag / Gorunway.com

The Music

Feben worked with Chicago native DJ Syd Falls to curate a soundtrack that evoked the sounds of London, of which contained ‘Mind The Gap’ snippets.

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Photo: Isidore Montag / Gorunway.com

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