Wednesday, 11 November 2015



This season Steinmetz takes her collection “back to basics”, looking at the numerous ways in which a staple item can be reproduced, using illusions to create fabrics which are not what they seem at first glance. For SS16, the designer also acknowledges the artist that made her want to become a designer – Joseph Kosuth. After seeing "One and Three Chairs” in a book at the age of 14, Steinmetz believes her mind was opened to visual arts in a way that she still cannot explain today. 

Faustine Steinmetz is the latest recipient of COTTON USA’s highly coveted sponsorship for SS16, an advocacy programme that helps up-and-coming designers to showcase their talent and creativity, bringing the vision for their collection to life through the versatility of U.S cotton.

Steinmetz puts her own twist on iconic pieces, and this includes weaving her own fabric using a traditional handloom in her London studio. This attention to detail to create quality, long-lasting garments is just one of the merits that made Steinmetz a great fit for the COTTON USA sponsorship. 

The sponsorship programme has been a valuable platform for budding designers to elevate their work. Previous recipients of the sponsorship include Richard Nicholl, Meadham Kirchhoff, PPQ, Preen, Louise Gray and palmer//harding. 

Steinmetz said: “I am thrilled to have been selected to receive the sponsorship for a second season. Support for young designers like myself provides a platform to express our creativity and showcase our vision.” She continued “What I love about U.S. cotton is not only the exceptional quality and versatility, but also knowing that the fibres I am using to hand make my designs have been responsibly produced – this is very important to me when sourcing my materials.” 

The Parisian-born designer began her studies at Atelier Chardon Savard in Paris before moving to London to complete her Masters at Central Saint Martins, under the guidance of Professor OBE Louise Wilson. Having worked for the likes of Jeremy Scott and Henrik Vibskov, Faustine set up her label in early 2013 after acquiring her first handloom. All of Steinmetz’s pieces are made in accordance with her belief in craftsmanship over trend, designing staple pieces for the everyday woman.

Monday, 16 February 2015

My Picks - Edun Fall 15 RTW

The evolution of the eponymous brand Edun under the creative direction of Danielle Sherman is blossoming season upon season. With such an experienced and enthusiastic creative at the helm one can see the product with fresh eyes. The brands running theme is balancing tradition versus modernity, no mean feat.  This season Sherman draws inspiration from Morocco, artisanal craft is sat back with masculine tailoring techniques. Garments are deconstructed, finished with raw seams and frayed edges making them less perfect. Simple appealing separates are a clever antidote paired back with traditional woven jacquards.

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Monday's Wishlist

I hope you have all had a good start to the week. With fashion week well underway in New York I have collated some essential items to get through this busy period. These include reading material for the long commute to and from the studio.  Graphic accessories, essential stationary and a strong scent to help us unwind.

1. ACNE - Zane Blk/Red
2. LOEWE - Medium Pouch Tan/Blk
3. Craft Design Technology - Pen Case & Stapler
4. PORTER Magazine
5. TOM DIXON - Fire
6. LOEWE - 90x90 B&W Stripes

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Tuesday, 3 February 2015

My Picks - Balenciaga Pre-Fall 15 RTW

Parisian elegance paired back with stateside best describes Alexander Wang's take on this season.
My favourite elements are the attention to hardware development which have a sixties vibe. 

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Thursday, 29 January 2015

Classic Camel

Camel tones are gaining momentum this winter seen across multiple product categories. 
Tommy Ton has captured this seasonal trend at Paris Fashion week. Camel hues include, toffee, tobacco and chocolate. 

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Saturday, 24 January 2015

Fall 2015 Menswear Overview

Although I am a womenswear designer I am always drawn to menswear. Whether that is due to the intrinsic attention to detail, finishings, linear aspect who knows. So far the collections that I most relate to are Louis Vuitton, Loewe and Lemaire. Each show shows classicism but with new found energy, I put this down to the creative minds behind these brands. Which include Kim jones, J.W. Anderson and Christopher Lemaire. 

Louis Vuitton



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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

The Selby - Violet

Welcome to my neighbourhood. It was such a pleasant surprise to see The Selby feature one of my local bakeries Violet. Located on route to broadway market, they serve great coffee and a delicious array of sweet treats. One of the best things about living in East London is the variety of independent businesses and entrepreneurs.

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