The Faith Connexion mother ship on Rue Tronchet is hot, loud and busy. Entering it, this reviewer felt stupidly out of touch : what really was Faith Connexion, anyway ? This new brand is actually a resurgence of the original Faith Connexion, which was founded at the turn of the century by Ilan Delouis and shut down around the end of 2012. According to hearsay, it was the follow-up project of Christophe Decarnin -the man who warmed the bed for Olivier Rousteing at Balmain then exited it. The brand's CEO Alexandre Allard was also involved in Balmain's mid-aughts renaissance. The reborn Faith appeared displaying collections featuring heavily torn jeans, casually draping garments, and graffiti-esque painted graphics. It didn’t take long for rumors to surface that not only Christophe Decarnin, but his entire Balmain-era team, was working at Faith. None of the charming hustlers in the humid showroom would answer an oblique question with a straight answer. But the clothes in this third menswear collection said enough. The Runner trouser, patented apparently, features an aesthetically applied panel not dissimilar to Christophe Decarnin’s Balmain-period wildly must-have moto pant : here it came in denim and suede and sweat -"in everything". There were leathers and denims hand-painted by two collaborators; one of whose style was soft watercolorist, the other Americana and silhouette heavy. Perforated sweats and destroyed denim had their destruction applied by Thomas, the in-house destroyer : he drills the fabric. There were duffles, including a massively oversize denim piece that took you back to Twisteds, and some pleasingly disemboweled jeans and jumbo cords conjured up by an in-house stylist named Anastasia. A circus theme ran through the collection, expressed in the Barnum graphics on leathers and narrow fish-tail drill parkas by another in-house graffiti artist, Pisco Logik, as well as a velvet reversible Bengal stripe and check ringmaster tailcoat. Bikers kept coming, for squeezing on above undershirt/skirts and looser "grandpa" oversize pants, or jumpsuits in velveteen micro-cords. The squares at the party -discussing economics among themselves while all the cool kids necked- were the cashmere knits, round-necked or V, and plain. But hey, they always sell. Faith Connexion combines aesthetic direxion and ideological circumspexion to (rightfully) merit affexion.