Borne of a distinguished caliber, Italy’s craftsmanship has long been established within the realms of design, and at the forefront of all that is contemporary; Nicola Bacchilega is consistent in embodying the artisanship synonymous with Italian culture. Since establishing, asymmetrical proportions and femininity have defined Bacchilega’s designs, with his AW18/19 collection revered by innovation and his interest in elevating the modern woman to a deity-worthy status.
Bacchilega’s impressive knack for narrative transcends beyond idea development and is prominent in the finalised outcome, with this season’s story centered on ‘Libertas’. Libertas; Latin for Liberty, is the Roman goddess and embodiment of liberty, and a significant reference for Bacchilega’s latest collection, which sees an elevation in his avant-garde approach to deconstructed forms and exaggerated volume. With a golden corset-esque harness over a black leather bodice, and armor inspired tops, the collection maintains an irrepressible Goddess-like aesthetic.
In every season thus far, Bacchilega has utilised his formative architectural background. Geometric elements run rampant throughout the structured silhouettes, asymmetrical hems and protruding textures. His ability to retain softness whilst using strong, durable materials is a testament to Bacchilega’s fondness for unconventional design. Nicola Bacchilega continues to declare his proclivity for embellishment by experimenting with gold, as seen in previous collections, through a ceramic process pertained to his hometown, Faenza, Italy. As a brand that frequently references the cultural aspects of an environment: whether it be conjuring a Marrakech getaway, or aquatic childhood memories in Faenza, Nicola Bacchilega has centered his sustainable AW 18/19 collection on the use of upcycled materials. Synonymous to Bacchilega’s brand, structured dresses are heavily embellished, knitwear is severely cropped to deliberately enhance the scantily clad female form, and gold ceramics immerse a floor length overcoat.
Bacchilega’s supreme creativity to construct pieces that reflect his most heartfelt influences, and his understanding of shapes, were the undeniable factors to the success of the collection. It is the distinctive pairing of novel thinking, with projecting the archetypal Italian femininity of impeccable tailoring and daring necklines, that propels Nicola Bacchilega to continue flourishing.
Written by Nahuel Contreras