The IT BOY From Brazil
Prominently one the most important beachwear producer – with almost a hundred brands producing 284 millions pieces per year – Brazil has developed its own strong national identity in terms of design.
In Rio Fashion Week latest edition, it will be Lucas Nascimento’s third time sending his collection down the runway. This Brazilian designer ( based in London since 2001 ) discovered his passion for knitwear when he was only 11 years old while watching his mother knitting. He achieved his basic foundation on Design for Knitwear at London College of Fashion and began working with Sid Bryan; making pieces for renowned labels like Alexander McQueen and Prada. Soon after, he embarked on his solo journey by sketching and producing for other labels like Sonia Rykiel and Giles Deacon.
His latest runway collection reflects his own personal style, basically defined by the usage of sculptural silhouettes over woman’s body; with several technical process including yarns made of wool and lurex, exploring the relationship between weight and lightness.
Conceptual but wearable, the designer revolves the construction of his garments around protection and versatility; to be worn either in day or night. According to the designer himself: “In an urban setting we have to consider, what we see and how we are seen. Whether heading to work or fwalking on the streets we are noticed by strangers whilst moving. At every angle a silent scrutiny is made. From across the city, with our backs turned we stand in 360 degrees. The world today is a tougher place. There is a need to find comfort and protection in the way we dress”.
– Simona Martinez
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