She was topless and painted a glossy black. I thought I was staring at a mannequin, until I noticed her breathing. Nestled in Old Spitalfields Market at the Topshop Show Space, the Faustine Steinmetz presentation was like a cave of wonders.
The model was wearing jeans, if we could even call them that. They were encrusted with Swarovski crystal rock formations, turning her into an enormous geode. The stiffness must have made them incredibly uncomfortable to wear or move around in, but when has fashion ever been comfortable? The denim on display was clearly in a league of its own and Collection 008 was all about the denim.
Gone are the days of Ed Hardy, gaudy logos, and bling being the height of ‘cool.’ I’m not sure if they ever were cool to begin with, but Faustine Steinmetz turned this concept on its head to make denim decadent. The designer plucked us from our safe sartorial options and plunged us into something that, although unknown, was far more alluring. Rather than diamanté lettering, we were given Swarovski. Say no more.
With the help of creative collaborator Georgia Pendlebury and set designer Thomas Petherick, dioramas emanated blue light from where the models were lying. They resembled helpless modern-day mermaids who were confined to their boxes without their tails, soaked in pools of blue. Even some of their faces were awash with the hue, which carved out their icy, chiseled cheekbones.
Calvin Klein better watch out, because soon Faustine Steinmetz will be the name that everyone wants jutting out of their jeans or emblazoned across their clothes. For those of you who are a fan of double denim (I personally see nothing wrong with it), or the Canadian Tuxedo as it has come to be known, it looks like Faustine Steinmetz has just given you the green light to layer until your heart’s content.
Images: Phoebe Fox | Fashion Week Photographer | @_phox_