Faustine Steinmetz presented her fall collection at the Tate Britain in a series of white cubes with differently colored looks in each, viewed via slits in the boxes.
This season she worked with American cotton, but not as you know it: She hand embroidered the yarn and sculpted it to create three-dimensional tufted weaves — tantamount to cotton couture.
The fabric played out across coats, pants, tops and skirts in a palette of white, teal, rust and nude with the heavily textured pieces paired with plain cottons and denims.
There were also bags in foiled Neoprene that doubled up ingeniously as tops or belts — cinched round the body via tufted cords running through grommets. A mohair coat hand woven and hand-dyed was a particular standout.
“I wanted to push things forward, push it to the extreme,” said the designer. “This is me and this is my brand.”