Introducing Faith Connexion and Its Rejection of the Fashion System
In an exclusive presentation, the brand opens its Paris showroom for an intimate look at its Fall/Winter 2016 collection.
There’s a great chance you’ve never heard of Faith Connexion. After all, there’s no direct naming of a head designer — all but public knowledge to be ex-Balmain creative director Christophe Decarnin – nor has the French brand ever presented a runway collective. Yet, this shrouded camouflage permits a self-indulgent sort of freedom, away from the social media-hyped public or the dictates of the industry. And that’s perfect for the self-described smart tribe of “people from all disciplines, expressing their vision through their art.” That’s exactly what the pre-Rousteing Balmain team have done. No holds barred on the creative front, no obligations to produce multimillion dollar shows and no stifling of the artist in the center of it all. Less politics.
Straight from the Faith Connexion’s showroom in Paris, take an exclusive look at its 2016 fall/winter collection. An unmistakable parallel to Decarnin’s Balmain roots, seen in this collection, is clear — the same lived-in grunge looks, only here in hand painted-denim, graffitied military jackets and fringe-edged uppers of slouched quality silhouettes.
With the entire industry standing on a precipice of a major revolution (cue recent power moves and broken system discussions), the brands’ predicted it right — the clothes simply speak for themselves in a “Paris-meets-Brooklyn” grunge rock-n-roll attitude. Couture moods are injected into everyday-wear, an approach Vetements also adopted. In fact, the conception and model of Faith Connexion and Vetements are disturbingly similar – two cohorts of disillusioned designers rebelling against the status-quo. So, we’re calling dibs that Faith Connexion will be the next “it” brand to disrupt the system, following the giant Vetements has become — creative vision and commercial success in sync.
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