DIY GIRLS: CLAIRE BARROW + FAUSTINE STEINMETZ

Claire Barrow and Faustine Steinmetz are designers doing it for themselves. These NEWGENers are putting in the hours to innovate with new techniques and fabrics – pushing the boundaries of traditional garment-making to bring us something totally fresh. We headed down to their London Fashion Week presentations to see for ourselves…

CLAIRE BARROW – REDEFINING SILK

Miss Barrow’s AW15 collection stayed true to her obsession with print, this season lending her signature cool-girl aesthetic to the art of screen printing. A bit like creating a stencil (but way more hi-tech), Claire used the technique to bring silk to life – think psychedelic scribbles, dreamed-up creatures and artsy abstract faces. “I wanted to use the process to create prints with multiple layers,” she explained to us backstage. “I wanted them to look like beautiful paintings.” Styled alongside sheepskin jackets, leather trousers and chunky knitted scarves, the collection was a comment on power women working in the city – complete with commuter-ready ballet pumps.

FAUSTINE STEINMETZ – A MASTERCLASS IN DENIM

“We can’t believe our eyes” said one editor to Faustine Stenimetz after seeing the collection – and neither could we. Using denim as her canvas, Faustine has tested the material to its limit. “This season I’ve created these hand-felted jeans which take a week and a half to make, that are then hand painted, felted and brushed to look like a photoshop glitch.” A fine artist before turning her hand to design, Faustine’s collection has a workshop aesthetic, merging the traditional and the digital with the meticulous approach of an art student. They’re certainly works of art in our eyes.

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