Manuel Facchini unveiled his Spring/Summer 2016 collection on Friday, September 18 at The Vinyl Factory (16-18 Marshall Street, London, WIT 7BE) during London Fashion Week. Photos: Courtesy of Totem Fashion.

The first two words of Manuel Facchini Spring/Summer 2016 show notes are “conscious uncoupling”. Given the amount of ridicule the internet has bestowed on that term during Gwyneth Paltrow’s separation from Chris Martin, I cringed a little. Thankfully, my slight distaste didn’t last long.

The sculptural garments of Manuel Facchini’s latest collection, titled ‘Histoire D’A(r)mour’ are beautiful fusions of goth rock and rugby wear. The silhouettes are strong, athletic, consistent. The wing pattern details are armor-like, confident, precise, yet feminine. Veins of vulnerability are like illusions; blink once and it’s gone.

When I first browsed through Manuel Facchini SS16 images, the words that popped to mind were “reptilian” and “cyborg”. The white, black, orange, fluorescent yellow, and raspberry color palette makes the garments look like they belong in a big-budget sci-fi TV series, where the heroine stomped fiercely in power dresses made with scuba fabrics and mesh embellished with 3D stitching and wing prints. The vertical strips on her footwear indicate battery level. Bonus point if she’s a cyborg that can turn into a gargoyle.

Those feelings and fantasy remain with me, and I wonder what kind of feelings they evoke in you. Perhaps the era of futuristic cyber warrior princesses is nearly upon us.

Photos: Courtesy of Totem Fashion.

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Thanks for reading; until next time,

Photos: Courtesy of Totem Fashion.

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