Wednesday, 27 July 2011

completing the triptych


”One windy day whilst filming a cherry tree covered 
with netting, Steffie Christiaens discovered the 
elemental inspiration that would form the unique 
beginnings of her experiential design process...”
recites the incipit of the Dutch designer's press 
release introducing her AW11-12 RTW debut 
collection arousing interest in her own
fresh viewpoint on fashion.


Steffie completed her fashion design studies at Paris'
IFM, Insitut Français de la Mode, and Arnhem's
Academy in the Netherlands while gaining invaluable
experience working in the ateliers of Balenciaga
and Maison Martin Margiela before 
establishing her own Paris studio.


The Cité de la Roquette-based designer drew flowing
shapes with a personal approach to experimental,
body-conscious garments reaching an interesting
balance between Futurist forms and a fluid, relaxed
elegance offering movement and new volumes in a
dusky color palette lifted by vivid cobalt blue shades.


Pieces able to express Steffie's artistic personality
as well her knowledge in fabric design and 3-D
construction such as tailored capes, technical
knitwear and elongated or cropped blousons
among which a stunning black Nubuck python
skin smartly sliced with jersey, sleeveless couture
minidresses, a piercing blue one with peaked
shoulders and flared hips and a gracefully
handmade tulip skirt.


Charmingly, Steffie's first collection bears some
similarities with previous posts designers' ones
excellently completing the riveting triptych of
northern Europe female designers.
Good luck with your careers gifted young ladies!

>all images from the designer's lookbook<

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