Steffie Christiaens Catwalk Fashion Show Paris FW2011
It doesn’t happen that often that a young fashiondesigner – notably from the Netherlands – gets a spot at the official calendar of the Paris Fashion Week and is able to give her first show in the middle of that week. Steffie Christiaens came out of the blue and presented her first collection on sunday.
Her concept is clear and explained at her website:
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.
Steffie captures the effect of wind, water, heat and light upon archetypal garments and fabrics, harnessing the distorting chemical and physical forces of nature. Through her photographs and 3-D studies, she transfigures these ‘natural accidents’ into liberated, provocative designs.
Christiaens’ organic shapes flow over the body like waves,intuitive of the human form beneath. Maintaining an artisanal approach to more experimental garments, the collection delivers a balance between a structure rooted in Futurist spatial forms and a fluidity of relaxed elegance.
After graduating at the Artez Academy of Visual Arts in Arnhem Steffie Christiaens went to Balenciaga and Maison Martin Margiela and was chosen as a finalist for the festival Hyeres. A promising designer. Let’s hope she will be able to maintain and succeed. Her debut-collection was the first, big step.