For its first runway show, Faith Connexion drove home its brand DNA with a unisex collection featuring blown-out proportions, vivid patterns, embellishments and distressed effects.
Models were in for a workout as they worked their way through a mansion in the 16th arrondissement. After strutting the ground floor ballroom — the women in punishing platform stiletto boots made in collaboration with New Rock — the cast twirled through the many chambers of the labyrinthine basement before working their way upstairs for a family portrait on the swirling marble staircase.
The circuit was long, but after waiting 10 years to stage its first show, why not let Faith Connexion enjoy the moment? The punk-infused streetwear brand counts Rihanna, Beyoncé and the Kardashian sisters among its devotees, but has heretofore limited its fashion week presence to quiet presentations away from the runway hubbub.
The collection was less focused on hand-painting and graffiti this season, leaning toward patchwork and the juxtaposition of bold prints. The brand’s signature mix of decadence and DIY shone through in a studded aviator, or a black-and-gold brocade suit with feather fringe. A collaboration with Kappa supplied shimmering track pants and tie-dyed sweatshirts with the soccer brand’s iconic logo.
It was all a bit too much. But Faith Connexion faithfuls wouldn’t have it any another way.