There is a lot of buzz surrounding young Brazilian designer Lucas Nascimento – he is a designer to watch for the future and this season is his first showing as part of Topshop’s NewGen scheme, which has helped propel the careers of many LFW stars including Michael Van Der Ham and Mary Katrantzou.
Inspired by film stills of Brigitte Bardot in Jean Luc Goddard’s ‘Le Mepris’ wearing just a bath towel, his spring/summer 2014 collection took the idea of being caught in a state of undressing as a starting point. This was shown through the styling of the collection, with the straps of the slip dresses falling off the models shoulders, and the use of technical silk jacquard imitating towelling in knitted dresses and skirts.
The concept worked well on the darker pieces, particularly the black knitted wrap dresses, which came in knee and ankle length, and the bright yellow, however when the designs were showcased in a light blue they looked too much like an actual towel.
For me the stand out pieces had to be the cocoon jackets, especially the orange one, the sexy white dresses in superfine Japanese plongé leather, the tiered dresses and the paired back tailoring.
I can’t wait to see how this young designer’s career evolves.