Simple in its foundation, yet utterly complex in its execution; Faustine Steinmetz focused her Spring/Summer 2018 collection on the destruction of a daily uniform. Document toured the designer’s studio in advance of her first ever runway show, where she sent models down a completely bare runway, a blank white wall providing the backdrop. “I got a bit bored of what I was doing,” she said. “I wanted to focus less on what was around the clothes and really just focus on the clothes themselves.” Daily staples such as the t-shirt, trench coat, slip dress, and denim had been hacked at, sliced up, torn apart—even going so far as to leave only the least amount of fabric still standing. “I think that’s when you can tell that the [textile] is good—when the person can’t quite figure it out,” Steinmetz said. “That’s what I’m trying to accomplish, that sense of questioning.”

Faustine Steinmetz also expanded her collection this season, introducing more looks—27 in total—and offering a broader menswear selection. Ultimately, Steinmetz’s collections are born out of the need to experiment, using her own hands, with fabrics, threads, silhouettes, and trusted wardrobe classics. As she told Document while talking through her recent showing, “It’s a good thing you don’t understand.”

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