When you see wondrous design, such as Manuel Facchini’s Autumn Winter 2016 collection, it’s somewhat humbling to see that designers are influenced and inspired by others. Afterall, creativity does not exist in a bubble and for designers to produce something fresh every six months, a hit of awe must have to be taken with their morning coffee. Inspired by the sculptor Richard Sweeney and the gothic architecture of Michael Hansmeyer, Facchini’s designs use elements of optical illusion to create dizzyingly energetic pieces. They are sleek yet intricate and beautifully tactile; statements without having to shout.
While some of the pieces are a-line and soft, black leather punctured with circular eyelets in washed gold, silver and gunmetal add a darker dimension to the collection. There seems to be this play-off between black and white, and deep purple and red. The atmosphere at the presentation was akin to the designs: while there was a serious, sensual spirit to some of the pieces, there were flashes of free-spirited fun – when a model twirled in a red, purple and black crotchet piece infused with Facchini’s architectural influence. This intermingling of style makes the collection. It was Gothic, rock-cool grounded in organic, fluid feelings.
Written by and images © Daniella Golden.