Denim is arguably the most universal fabric on earth: An anthropologist estimates that every day about half of the world’s population puts on a pair of jeans. That fact isn’t lost on designer Faustine Steinmetz, who has been exploring the possibilities of denim with mind-boggling ingenuity for her eponymous label.
Her new collection was, as she described it, a celebration of how jeans have been worn all over the planet in the last 30 years. She gave guests at her presentation today a peek inside her process, displaying inspiration pieces she’d sourced from all corners of the globe, including a classic Canadian tuxedo, bedazzled skinny jeans from Bogotá, Colombia, and acid wash denim from Tel Aviv, Israel. As someone who cut her teeth in the haute couture ateliers in Paris with artisans known as les petites mains, the French-born Steinmetz has extraordinary technical know-how and manages to make even the most familiar treatments appear truly sublime. One such example was the denim suit encrusted with thousands of diamanté crystals and left undone with trailing white thread, a very exquisite spin on a frayed hemline. There was a rarefied take on distressing on another denim-on-denim look that featured pulled white yarn loops manipulated to form elegant stripes. Just as awe-inspiring were the hand-pleated shibori dyed jackets with gently round shoulders and subtle drop-crotch pants.
Steinmetz is bringing that time-honored, one-of-kind approach to a place that’s both commercially viable and sustainable for fall 2017. With the help of a women’s craft collective in Burkina Faso, she’s making hand-woven jeans on a large scale—pieces that used to take her a week to make in her studio in East London can be produced on traditional West African looms in a matter of hours. The series includes midi-length denim skirts and jean jackets for both men and women. She’s also working with a mill in Spain that’s specializing in recycled denim to expand her business in an ethical way. It’s certainly impressive to see a young designer charting new fashion territory with such thought and consideration.
Unfortunately, her previous collection is sold out everywhere and her new items are not yet available. We will update you when her clothes are back in stock and where to buy, stay tuned!