Paris-born, London-based, designer Faustine Steinmetz clearly has an obsession with denim. It’s a continual crush that we can certainly understand. There is a sense of ease, as well as possibility, that you just don’t get with any other fabric. And this season, Steinmetz pushed that potential like never before, continuing her exploration of the fabrics myriad uses.
Staged as a diorama, the presentation felt like a history presentation slash science project slash gallery show. The designer offered a peek into her process, staging her own designs alongside inspiration pieces from around the world, including faded denim from Tel Aviv and bedazzled bottoms from Bogota. She reimagined these global trends in her own way, creating a diamanté encrusted duo with the threads left hanging from each crystal, offering a fresh take on fringe. Or the Shibori-dyed jacket and slouchy jean combo paired with denim joggers.
The designer also explored new ways to manufacture her hand-made wares, working with a women’s craft collective in West Africa and a Spanish mill that specializes in recycled denim, maintaining her commitment to ethical production practices. A woman after our own hearts, in more ways than one.