London-based fashion designer Faustine Steinmetz reproduces iconic pieces, the kind everyone has or has had in their wardrobe at one stage, except each piece is handwoven in her studio.
Started her label by unpicking the idea of denim quite literally after acquiring her first handloom in early 2013, Faustine has extended her design far beyond this particular material.
Faustine Steinmetz AW16 Collection is all about textiles and structure. Reminiscent of everyday staple pieces, the collection focuses on simple shapes with a focus on texture and form. Sculpted silhouettes inspired by minimal architecture and Isamu Noguchi, AW16 Collection is an organic creation that pays homage to Faustine’s artisanal technique.
In keeping with the Faustine Steinmetz brand ethos, this season’s collection is accompanied by an audio guide; likening each piece to an object of art found in a museum space.
“Audio guide, fashion is not about a girl looking good , clothes are very much like little objects d'arts to me because so many different artisans put so much care and thought in each piece. That's why I wanted to explain it like you would explain objects in an exhibition. This season I wanted to sculpt the fabric in shapes , I was very inspired by minimal architecture and mainly by Isamu Noguchi. I was very inspired by the way his sculptures are very smooth and organic. I also created my bags as sculptures. The bags come with a handle which you can play with to create any sculptural shape you like. Same for the cotton rib pieces which you can sculpt in your own shape,” says Faustine.