Nothing is as it seems
Does the soul survive the body? Are we soul or is our brain? Is our personality imprinted by the soul or is it the result of material genetic codes? This intricate enigma has fascinated Manuel Facchini, creative director of Byblos for SS24. Nothing is as it seems. Forms dissolve, dilute, fluidify, only to return, sharp, sculpted, rigorous. In this circular dance between soul and body. "Thus, the blazer "melts" into a dress, plastic and yet rigorous geometries. The jumpsuit and the high-tech jersey dresses represent a continuous evolution of flows that caress the curves, in a dialogue of effusions between soul and body, which reveal and yet conceal.
At times, they bind indissolubly, like the iconic Byblos cups, both in the high-tech 3D thermoformed
version and in the gel version, with sidereal chromatic shades", company says. The spiral, akin to the soul and body, undergoes a gradual dissolution within the dynamic evolution of garments, thanks to the force of centrifugation. It melts away, liberating itself in a gradual manner, creating elongated fabric ribbons that seem to melt and detach from the very garments they adorn. This effect is beautifully exemplified in the interpretation of cargo pants, available in both sustainable and crisp Shibaya cotton, as well as the garment-dyed version". However, there are instances where the elements remain intricately intertwined. Take, for instance, the lightweight and ruffled jersey evening dresses that delicately embrace the curves of the body, caressing them delicately. In these designs, the soul and body are harmoniously united, creating an aura of elegance. Similarly, in the “signature” dress, the bodice spirals, symbolically separating the right and left breasts—an allegory for the interplay between the soul and body—only to dissolve and vanish into an exquisite, asymmetrical train.