How does one dress for the end of the world?
If Steffie Christiaens’s spring / summer 2013 collection had a delicateness to it, a feeling of such softness it might disintegrate at your very touch, it’s because she was pondering that question.
But while the question of civilization’s uncertain future is a heavy one, Christiaens tackled it with beautiful lightness.
Garment after garment was a reminder of the impermanence of life more so than it was a reminder of the inevitability of death, resulting in an undertone of optimism. Hence the pastel colours, the ethereal fabrics; the organic-looking patterns that spread across some fabrics as models padded out bare-foot, like butterflies in this life treading softly into the next.
Christiaens’ Paris fashion week (PFW) show culminated in more structured, futuristic shapes, ending what turned out to be a breathtaking look at one version of the future – however uncertain that future may be.
You can see all of the Steffie Christiaens spring / summer 2013 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.
Photography by Imaxtree