Nascimento makes his mark on London Fashion Week

Nascimento makes his mark on London Fashion Week

Trendsetters keen to follow the latest looks will no doubt have one eye on the catwalk right now as London Fashion Week comes into its element.

The annual exhibitions of the best of international style for the spring-summer 2013 collection are on show right now, showcasing some exciting new names.

But it's not only the traditional clothing names which are sparking discussion, as knitwear designers are also drawing attention to themselves with a whole host of exciting shapes and textures.

One man who highlighted his woollen wear skills was Lucas Nascimento, who made a welcome new addition to the London schedule.

The Brazilian knitwear designer enjoys creating artistic and fluid garments, pushing the boundaries of more conventional knitted clothing.

"I like to create silhouettes that are not typical of knitwear, using knit unexpectedly," Nascimento told Elle UK.

This is particularly telling in his new London collection, which uses transparency, layering and cocoon shapes, to form what he labels as "protective knits".

His 2013 collection features woven jacquard tops, paired with contrasting delicate knit pencil skirts, using hard fabrics against softer, sheer pieces.

This includes garments which juxtapose masculine and feminine shapes worn against each other, with strict and loose sections, forming a selection of contradictions.

As well as his more common "protective knits", this season also saw Nascimento introduce more prints into his work, including an intergalactic theme with planet motifs and constellations.

These were imposed onto plasticised white, raspberry, inky blue and lime gauze knits for his dynamic new London show.

After graduating from the London College of Fashion in 2008, Nascimento has mainly exhibited in his home country, showing at Rio Fashion Week for the last three seasons.

Speaking to The Business of Fashion last year, he confessed: "I like when people see my clothes and say, 'oh, is that knit?'", as he likes to prove that slick and sculpted silhouettes can be formed from wool.

"I love crafty, chunky knits, but I want to go against that a bit because I see knitting as a path to creating something new," he added.

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