Sixteen-year-old pro skateboarder Poppy Olsen kick-flipping on concrete, her Kurt Cobain hair flying behind her, heralded Faith Connexion’s entrance into Made Sydney this weekend. Bedecked in hand-painted blue jeans and a silk varsity jacket embroidered with roses and guitars, Olsen was the avatar of IMG’s fashion, music, and skate fete—its first foray Down Under.

Faith Connexion’s presentation was the closest the French fashion collective has come to a runway show; in its Paris home base the brand has favored low-key showroom appointments. “We don’t do shows because we don’t want to show on those crazy schedules, which make no sense—you don’t have time to think about it, to enjoy it, to do something properly,” said label rep Alexandre Bertrand. This was a best-of collection, with pieces including capes constructed from world flags, spray-painted cargo jackets, shredded jeans, and sequined tube dresses.

Guerrilla fashion shows, direct-to-consumer collections, and anti-trend approaches are becoming more commonplace in the fashion industry, yet Faith Connexion has been quietly tinkering around with these ideas since its inception more than 10 years ago. Kim Kardashian West may have posted selfies in the luxury street brand (Kanye West and Beyoncé are also fans), and its hand-painted, patchworked, and distressed garments now hang on the racks at multi-brand stores such as Barneys New York, but the label is no overnight success, and its disruptive and unconventional spirit was established long before others picked up a similar thread.

For one, the elusive brand has no star designer at its helm. Former Balmaincreative director Christophe Decarnin is part of the clan, though most members remain anonymous, while its “faces”—a mix of models, friends, street-cast characters, and artists including Pisco Logik and Vincent Dacquin—front its campaigns and communications.

The vibe in Sydney was Lords of Dogtown meets disco, with looks assembled on a crew including model Jacquelyn Jablonski, rapper Young Tapz, and local faces. Inflections of eras past were a nod to how FC is rejecting the speed of the fashion cycle. “During the ’70s and ’80s, people had time to do stuff—music, fashion—it was something really special. It’s the music that gathers everyone . . . and when you put on disco, everyone is dancing, everyone is happy,” said Bertrand.

Dancing, skating, nattering, texting, and snapping selfies occupied the models during the show. The collective synthesis gives Faith Connexion its distinct bricolage aesthetic—a weaving together of surplus and graffiti with almost couture-like beadwork and sophisticated construction. The Sydney crowd ate it up.Read more at:vintage formal dresses | backless formal dresses