Helenamanzano

Helena Manzano’s transition from fresh London College of Fashion graduate, circa 2014, to rising star, circa right now, owes much to the antidotal qualities of her namesake brand’s dichotomous unfinished-yet-complete complexion. A pervasive nonchalant, bordering-on-incidental sultriness is fed by cropped hems, cut-out detailing, and freely intertwining self-tie fastenings. The frequent application of exposed pinch seams finished with tonally contrasting flatlock stitching emphasizes the on-body planar dimensionality of her designs while creating a shaded relief topography that perceptibly fluctuates in accordance with the wearer’s motions. Bleach-effect graphic patterns, at times concrete, at times abstract, add an impression of after-market DIY modification. In an effort to mitigate seasonal waste, left-over fabrics are repurposed in the production of new garments. These facets build up into a slinky naïveté that Manzano’s self-referential work uses to wedge open the numerous chinks already apparent in the curtain wall that envelops the haute couture-fast fashion cycle, and, in an invitation unpolluted by any hint of guile, offer a fresh arena in which one can express self.

Helenamanzano - SSENSE Exclusive Navy Rave Belt Skirt

Helenamanzano

SSENSE Exclusive Navy Rave Belt Skirt

$280 $224

Helenamanzano - SSENSE Exclusive Black & Orange 3D Stripe Tank Top

Helenamanzano

SSENSE Exclusive Black & Orange 3D Stripe Tank Top

$265 $162

Helenamanzano - SSENSE Exclusive Green Mohair Cropped Zip-Up Sweater

Helenamanzano

SSENSE Exclusive Green Mohair Cropped Zip-Up Sweater

$405 $178

Helenamanzano - SSENSE Exclusive Grey Lava Ash Turtleneck

Helenamanzano

SSENSE Exclusive Grey Lava Ash Turtleneck

$405 $255

Helenamanzano - SSENSE Exclusive Brown & Pink Aguamarina Long Sleeve T-Shirt

Helenamanzano

SSENSE Exclusive Brown & Pink Aguamarina Long Sleeve T-Shirt

$325 $237

Helenamanzano - SSENSE Exclusive Orange & Black Orchid Rave Bike Shorts

Helenamanzano

SSENSE Exclusive Orange & Black Orchid Rave Bike Shorts

$295 $189

Helenamanzano - SSENSE Exclusive Reversible Brown & Green HM Tank Top

Helenamanzano

SSENSE Exclusive Reversible Brown & Green HM Tank Top

$185 $148