Faustine Steinmetz showcased her sophomore schedule at the BFC Presentation Space at Somerset House on Saturday morning. The static presentation (which saw Caroline Rush, Caroline Issa, and Brix Smith Start, doting her gorgeous black pug, in attendance) was, simply put, wonderful. At her first on-schedule outing in September, Faustine presented an all denim collection bar one look. This season she expanded on what people presumed was her trademark. This season, there was denim lookalikes. Texturising was key here. Materials were in guise as denim. These imposters were a refreshing take on the timeless classic, and further contained the wealth of talent that Faustine possesses.
Collaborations were also on Faustine’s mind for Fall. Julia Thomas, who graduated with MA degree from the Royal College of Art, following her time at Cordwainers and the London College of Fashion. She won the Manolo Blahnik Award at her the RCA in 2013. Her talent, undeniably, unique - her painted creations for Faustine’s collection were perfect. Her credentials - stints at two fantastic and established shoe brands Nicholas Kirkwood and Jimmy Choo. Set design came from Thomas Petherick who graduated from the University of London with a BA in design. His strong aesthetic has seen him work with LOVE. DAZED, Interview Magazine and Fashion East. Faustine working with these two creatives helped enhance the collection.
In her collection, Faustine was inspired by the way we consume clothes - how pieces become throwaways and she brings us covetable and innovative items. Innovative wardrobe staples is something most women lack in their vast wardrobes. Look to Faustine to find brushed wool felted denim, or silicone and cotton denim lookalikes. Handwoven tracksuits, hand felted polo dresses, and handwoven, smudged underwear can all be found in the collection. Buyers, many of whom were present at the show, will be snapping up this collection which is more wearable than her artisanal debut.
This NEWGEN supported designer is destined for great things as I outlined in my Spring 2015 review. This season however gave us insight into the possible direction of which Faustine may take. This more commercial yet insanely creative and unique offering from the French designer was a stunning feast for the eyes on a chilly Saturday morning. The clothes positively brightened up my day.