AN INTERVIEW WITH STEPHAN SCHNEIDER, PART 1
by Jasper L
Antwerp-based Stephan Schneider’s quiet, sophisticated collections are a No Man favorite. I talked to him about Floating Inflations, his collection for Spring/Summer 2014, and many other things, ranging from fabric design to his place in the fashion industry. It’s a two-parter, so don’t worry - there’s more to come.
Can you tell me about this collection, Floating Inflations?
For this season, what I liked a lot is that I could concentrate on what, to me, Stephan Schneider is like. And that’s, on one hand, a certain casualness, but still sophisticated, nothing ‘streetwear’ point-of view.
So if you ask me, ‘What are you the most happy about?’ That it’s a very, very typical collection for me. And it’s the essence of what, to me, really is Stephan Schneider in Spring-Summer.
One of the things that people who shop at No Man Walks Alone appreciate is most is the thought that goes into the fabric selection. How do you balance the production and hands-on side of your process with the silhouette and clothing design?
I think, on one hand, the most difficult point of my collections is that I never really work on a silhouette. I never draw silhouettes. In the Atelier, we never ever fit a trouser, even with a jacket. I tell you my secret - I shouldn’t! - we only work on single pieces, which means that for the look, a typical look, an outfit, perhaps Stephan Schneider is not really the strongest collection.
On the other hand we can say it’s also the strongest part of the collection, because how many people these days really wear a whole outfit? And me, personally, if I see somebody wearing a whole outfit head-to-toe, in the same season, it looks a bit too…forced, a bit too made, it has not this spontaneous attitude. We wear separates these days, and I think to wear separates is also very charming and interesting.