This season, Manuel Facchini explores transformation, drawing inspiration from both sculpture and the natural world to create a collection that shifts between structure and fluidity, presenting continuous transformation. Beginning with his usual focal point, sculpture, Manuel Facchini's initial influence was taken from the winding ribs of the Centennial Chromograph. The work creates an illusion of mutability; the skeletal frame portrays an architectural structure, whilst the undulating curve of each rigid segment maintains a softness and feminine aesthetic. This notion of femininity is evident in Facchini's second stimulus, the Betta Splendens, the fighting fish with voluptuous fringed fins. Romantic and flowing, these bold fins transform into taut spikes when the fish is threatened.
The concept of adaptation is echoed throughout the collection, which has a dominant aquatic feel. Fine organza is layered and arranged to create the perception of a tenuous rippling texture that is almost fin-like, whilst sheer printed organza is layered to create a 3D architectural trompe l'oeil. Fish tails have been morphed into embroidered gothic flowers that dissolve and extend across bold silhouettes and are brought to life with detailed embroidery. Aqua green, coral and black dominate the collection, whilst translucent white is incorporated throughout to evoke fluidity and express influences from the aquatic world.