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New Generation, Age-old Techniques

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Parisian designer Faustine Steinmetz has been on our to-do list for far too long. So the news that she's been awarded New Generation (NEWGEN) sponsorship was an excellent reminder to write about her. Supported by Topshop since 2001 the NEWGEN scheme showcases and promotes new designer businesses – offering financial support towards show costs and the opportunity to use the BFC Catwalk Show Space. It means we'll see Faustine's meticulous, handwoven pieces at London Fashion Week in September. collection-ss15-01 Faustine studied at Atelier Chardon Savard in Paris and completed a Masters at Central St Martins. Now the designer works from a studio in East London studio where she spins, dyes and weaves all her own fabrics using traditional handlooms. Some pieces, such as a "denim" skirt that is actually wool and looks like it is in the process of dissolving, take over a week to weave. beth-blog-fashion-mag Her labour intensive replicas of mass produced garments are a way of reinterpreting everyday pieces and examining the clothing we all have in our wardrobes. Her process takes an everyday pair of jeans to a whole new level. Fasutine explains, "I try to use as many different techniques and fabrics a possible because my world is not at all to do with shape." Instead this designer believes in "craftsmanship over trend" and the consensus is she's one to watch. London Fashion Week,  S/S16 18th - 22nd September 2015,  www.londonfashionweek.co.uk www.faustinesteinmetz.com


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