May 26, 2017 | By Samuel Trotman
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During London Fashion Week back in September, Parisian designer Faustine Steinmetz presented her first collection during the Spring/Summer 2015 shows. Here WGSN takes a closer look with the release of the brands new lookbook.
We’ve been long time fans of Faustine Steinmetz since we first picked up her debut F/W 13 collection of hand-dyed, hand-spun and handwoven denim pieces. Since then, the East London-based, parisian designer has continued to impress with her new vision of luxury; reproducing iconic pieces, the kind everyone has or has had in their wardrobe, except made by hand. Like fellow Central Saint Martins graduates Marques Almeida, Faustine is one of a growing number of high end designers experimenting with the jeanswear category. From tapestry weaves to luxe destruct surfaces and metallic yarns, Steinmetz has brought a totally new and innovative approach to denim design.
Spring/Summer 2015 saw Steinmetz take her house to the next next level, taking part in London Fashion Week’s NEWGEN collections. With a simple static presentation of models posed on podiums, Steinmetz let the clothes do the talking, this season treating us to an even more beautiful and unexpected range textures. Denim jackets and jeans appeared in allover 3D shibori puckering, unraveling hemlines, froths of hand plucked denim frays, Frankenstein twisted and skewed seams and most impressively ghostly bonded web structures.
In an interview with Opening Ceremony Faustine explained her process “This season, I focused on different ways to make the same pieces over and over again, and to do that I simply went back to the roots of the fabric. For instance, a few of the outfits we made for the show are entirely made of recycled denim. We basically unraveled jeans until it was a big pile of yarns and remade it into completely different items by hand-weaving it back into lots of different fabrics by felting it and fraying it.”
To coincide with collection and celebrate Fashion Week, Faustine also created an exclusive window installation, showcasing key elements of her Spring/Summer 2015 collection, for Opening Ceremony Shoreditch. You can see it here.
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