Brazilians possess a vitality and lust for life that is unrivalled on the planet. Among most things, they are famous for an enormously rich and diverse culture, football, Christ the Redeemer and Adriana Lima; dare we add fashion to this list? A searing hot emerging talent used the Rio fashion week as a platform to announce his intentions. Meet Lucas Nasciemento, a name soon to be upon everyone’s lips.
Brazilian born Lucas Nascimento relocated to London in 2001 and enrolled to study a BA in Fashion Design at London College of Fashion, specialising in knitwear. He graduated in 2008 and went on to work as an assistant for the highly respected Sid Bryant, who has worked alongside McQueen, Lanvin, Bella Freud and Fendi. Nascimento further bolstered his C.V when he created knitwear for 2nd Floor and Amapô, designers who both showed during São Paulo Fashion Week, and for equally revered Giles Deacon and Jonathon Saunders. It was upon Rio Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2010 that Nascimento unveilved his first collection, a very minimal and very 90s Jil Sander-esque inspired collection that imparted a lovely zestiness and served as the blue torch paper for the boy from Brazil. The collection reaped unprecedented press and acclaim to both Nascimento and Rio Fashion Week. Nascimento was featured in Elle Brazil, Wallpaper*, Another and Vogue Brazil, whose editor said, “His sophisticated and intricate work is young, sensual, sculptural yet extremely chic. His catwalk show could be placed anywhere in the world”.
Lucas Nascimento has spent the last three seasons showing at Rio Fashion Week, but I feel with his latest Autumn/Winter 2011 collection (images below) it feels very London infused, chic and sculptural minimalist delights that almost envelope the wearer. The integration of pastel colours act as a fantastic foil to otherwise frigid pieces. Nascimento is inspired by the Bauhaus movement and heavily by the artist Mondrian. He wanted to push knitwear further than most would dare and embrace the idea of a body con silhouette to create an almost cocoon effect to his pieces. If Brazil is harbouring such exquisite fashion talent as Nascimento’s, I wonder what else it is cocooning…For further details please visit his website .
images via Dazed Digital