I noticed this Berlin based Designer when checking my e-mails lately, and now I want to tell you about her: Faye Smith.
Faye currently lives and works in Berlin. She grew up in Berlin-Kreuzberg. After an apprenticeship as a tailoress, Faye studied fashion design at the HTW in Berlin, and later on at the University of Westminster in London. Living in London, she worked for designers such as Robert Cary Williams and La Petite Salope. In 2008, she decided to launch her own fashion label Fay Alice. At the moment she is planning to move to New York. She always loves the impressions a new city brings about.
Her Spring/Summer 2011 collection ’Of Flight and Falling’ is inspired by the dream of flying and the very first flying experiments of Otto Lilienthal, Amelia Earhart or Helene Dutrieu.
Flying as a symbol of freedom, airiness and weightlessness. But also the fear of a crash that goes along with every flight. Especially, the first female pilots of motor-driven flying machines have taken a shine on Faye. During the beginning of flying, female pilots had to sustain their position as women in a men dominated jingoistic society, especially in the field of aviation.
’Of Flight and Falling’ includes clothes with a special „edge“. Faye combines safety harnesses of old parachutes with fine organza or light satins. Also, she uses printed fabrics with flying machine motives of Lilienthal, which are designed by the artist Carl Smith. In ’Of Flight and Falling’, Faye reflects the balance of fragility and strength, loss and advantage. For her, this is what the first flying experiments and the unique stories of the pilots were made of.