Wednesday, 20 February 2013

today i love... lucas nascimento

Yesterday I was lucky enough to attend the Lucas Nascimento show at London Fashion Week, held in the Topshop show space. Lucas is a Brazilian designer sponsored by Newgen, and this was his first time showing in London. The collection was full of beautiful colours and textures, in a palette of teal, navy, grey, scarlet and dusty pink with flashes of canary yellow. The focus was on streamlined silhouettes and block-colour looks, while little details such as headbands worn in the middle of the head (a collaboration with Piers Atkinson) added intrigue to the beautifully pared-back simplicity. Lucas is primarily a knitwear designer but this season branched out into leather, too, which added an extra dimension of texture. All in all, it was at once minimalist and detailed, eye-catching but wearable: absolutely my cup of tea.

After a quick outfit change I headed to an event held at the LN-CC store in Dalston. The LN-CC store space acts as an evolving platform of curated ideas that encompasses menswear, womenswear, music and books, consisting of four individual product rooms, a library, a record store, gallery and a club space. I had the pleasure of meeting Lucas in this beautiful location and chatting to him about the show and his designing process. He had such a refreshingly down-to-earth attitude, speaking about his desire to make women feel good in his clothes, thinking about everything from the way a dress feels on to how it looks when she sits down. I told him how much I loved the focus on texture in the show and he agreed that it's a great way to add interest to block-colour looks. We were all enthusing about the perfectly placed pockets in his dresses and he explained about making sure they sit perfectly on the seam so as not to ruin the silhouette but still provide a great little practical detail. He also spoke about his interns and his desire to make sure they really learn something when they work with him, which was brilliant to hear. All in all, it was a pleasure to meet him and to see his show. I'm sure we can expect great things from him. Thanks to rewardStyle and LN-CC for a lovely day.

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