Conscious uncoupling: a soul cleft in two but still solid thanks to a virtual separation of inspirations, colors, and materials that become the perfect synthesis of the Manuel Facchini Spring/Summer 2016 collection. It is a total fusion of Goth rock and rugby wear: sculptural garments belonging to opposite worlds come in a basic color palette and feature techniques borrowed from the high-tech sports world. Its syncretism is guided and influenced by a single linking thread: wings, that quintessential Gothic symbol, take geometric flight through rigorous placed jacquard prints, which sometimes dramatically evoke a ribcage. Simple, geometric lines are dominated by a wing pattern forming repeated lines resembling sport nets for athletes and cutout inserts that make garments more sensual. The rugby world is the inspiration. Player uniforms inspire form-fitting fabrics that fit like a glove, while mesh is heat-bonded to garments to resemble armor. Athletic silhouettes dominate the collection.
The rocker DNA of the perfecto jacket becomes sport-addicted with leather bonded to technical mesh and herringbone tweed lasered together. Couture trousers are cropped at the ankles and trimmed with high-tech details. A genuine “histoire d'a(r)mour” is created with minidresses featuring armor-like mesh overlays with a Templar vibe, engaged in a glamorous look in which full skirts are combined with skin-tight bodices that emphasize perfect curves. The syncretic color palette ranges from white to black with splashes of orange, fluorescent yellow and raspberry, all deriving from the sports world. Materials also come from sports. Scuba fabric is used for embellishments that create wings, hand-sewn mesh has 3D stitching, and cyborg prints vanish within the pleats of a skirt and create continuity, bursting in every direction. The result is extremely sensuous and powerful sculptural outfits worn by Goth space women, cybernetic warriors whose femininity has a technological overtone that is expressed through strong prints and patterns.