Byblos’ rock chic aesthetic took a turn towards the Gothic for fall, the brand plucking inspiration from a mood board that put Kate Moss, Millais’ pre-Raphaelite paintings, and Shakespeare’s tragic heroine Ophelia alongside eachother as if they naturally all belonged there. And in a way, they did. Fashion in fall 2013 welcomes with open arms the peculiar mix of darkly romantic and just plain dark. So leather jackets, thigh-high boots and floaty white dresses that call to mind Kirsten Dunst in Melanchloia aren’t such a disparate mix, after all.
The mix of influences cited by Byblos designer Manuel Facchini translated into a runway lineup that – though born of darkness and even tragedy – was never less than brazenly sexy. As Ophelia’s dark dreams gave way to modern rock influences, you couldn’t escape the hardness that followed: not least because Marilyn Manson’s Pistol Whipped (You look so pretty when you cry / Don’t wanna hit you but the only thing between our love is: A bloody nose, a busted lip and a blackened eye) served as a soundtrack.
The best of Byblos’ fall pieces were the ones that didn’t aim to have too much going on: the sweeping, lightweight dresses, the clean, tailored coats, and the bold, rock-star sheers of which Facchini always excels.
You can see all of the Byblos autumn (fall) / winter 2013 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.
Photography by Imaxtree