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DÉFILÉ DU JOUR|The Manuel Facchini brand debuts at London Fashion Week

Rocker genes with sporty touches, an eye for detail, continuous research and experimentation: these are the cornerstones of a new womenswear label made 100% in Italy.

Manuel Facchini

At the catwalk during London Fashion Week A/W 2015, the Italian designer Manuel Facchini presented to the public his dream and the results of years of professional growth made of experimentation and creativity. This is how the Manuel Facchini brand came into being, a label with an international vision founded on an elegant womenswear collection that is sophisticated in its concept and its manufacturing, which is done entirely in Italy.

I’ve been wanting to take this step for a long time. At last I’ve created a label that will say exactly who I am, one that I can direct on all levels starting from scratch. A brand that emerges already free of any form of conventionality, says Manuel Facchini, founder and creative director.

The Manuel Facchini brand DNA is very clearly stated in the collection. It draws on a sharp contrast between different worlds. On the one hand, the rocker, gothic atmospheres seen in the prints and in the intense, original graphic motifs, which have always been one of the Verona-born designer’s passions. On the other, the sports world with its technical fabrics, including neoprene, and its sport references.

I enjoy drawing inspiration from spheres far removed from fashion, getting input from seemingly distant, even contrasting contexts and weaving them together, thus creating a truly new product, as if it were the fruit of a kind of genetic mutation of style, says the founder.

The Manuel Facchini collection debuts with womenswear all made entirely in Italy. “Being made in Italy is a key value of my creations” ,he states, “because one of my designs’ essential traits is a veritable veneration for the quality of materials, techniques and sewing, which all clearly emerges in the finished product”.

The painstaking care Facchini devotes to his clothing range is plain to see in his continuous material and textile research: the fabrics are studied down to the tiniest detail and often customised using jacquard, prints or embroidery.

Written by Editor-At-Large Gosia Krajewski

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