Central St Martin's graduate, Manuel Facchini, is only in his third season at London Fashion Week but you'd never guess, looking at his expertly crafted collection. Adhering to his blend of gothic rock and sportswear influences, Fachhini's AW16 collection was a beautiful juxtaposition between two contrasting aesthetics.
Held in a modest, intimate show-space at Carlton House Terrace, London, the presentation had an up-close and personal quality. Models with their dramatically outlined eyes, gazed down from their plastic-wrapped pedestals and stood with an air of confidence between shards of mirrored glass. In the background, music from The XX provided a steady beat and a laid back aura.
Linear-patterned jacquard coats and dresses instantly stood out, some in monochrome and some in deep red and purple. The graphics created an illusion of movement. At a closer look, you can appreciate the subtler pieces in intricately laser-cut leather. The bold graphics were combined with lavish devoré and woollen knits in a soft, sleek silhouette with cocoon coats and rounded shoulders.
Details including sheer inserts, panelling and metal eyelets entwined the collection together. Asymmetry also played a heavy role throughout, from hems and panelling to necklines zips. Influences came from British sculptor Richard Sweeney and the gothic architecture of Michael Hansmeyer, resulting in a very sculptural aesthetic.
Finished off with touches of metallic in the form of futuristic footwear, Facchini presented an altogether strong, confident and eclectic collection.