Sculptural, grey, and experimental. The usual suspects surfaced at Steffie Christiaens Fall Winter 2012 show. Wire hats, sculptures, and accessories complemented the structure of the textiles with collars and panels that wrapped through various angles and seams until they fell into place. A stiff rectangular briefcase bag was held close to the body in front like a shield. Glass vessels wrapped around the wrist and were cupped in palm of the hand, with water sloshing around inside. All of these details played into the protective structural nature of Christiaen’s work
Honing in on her minimalist and structured ideas, Christiaens formed rounded shoulders with internal seaming running at almost industrial straightness across the form. Escaping the stiffness of these lines and the metal bands that imposed themselves on the fabric were some softer silk pieces that avoided straight lines and some rounded panels wrapping through and around the outerwear.
Christiaens mixed her textiles and furs into complex seamed panels that were less successful where the wool seemed flat and poor next to the rich furs. The finale rundown was an array of wiry white sculptures with needles like porcupine quills sprayed out in a 3D array, and some clear tubes with joints creating a kind of scaffolding around the body. Within her world of mixed media and sculptural loyalty, Steffie Christiaens found a refinement in her touch this season that produced some great fashion.
- Lee Anderson, Parisian Correspondent
Designer website: www.SteffieChristiaens.com