PHOTOGRAPHY BY CATWALKING.COM
REPORT BY CARYN FRANKLIN, COMMENTATOR AND CO-FOUNDER OF ALL WALKS BEYOND THE CATWALK
“I wanted to move away from last season’s urbanity. I wanted something more… up there,” said Lucas Nascimento, gesturing skywards. “Softer, looser than last season.” And so he looked at the delicate nature of life this season, using the flimsiest of silk and nylon threads, to make a play of light and weightlessness. “When I saw the yarn, I knew I could make a fabric that was fine but heavy enough to hang well and work for tailoring,” he said. “I like to create knits that look fitted, not chunky. The yarn is always my inspiration.” Transparent layers, loose shifts, fitted suits and sensual, strapless, knee-length dresses all revealed a complex and intricate stitch when examined close up. Rejecting other knitwear clichés was a mission, too – the colouration of mint, grey, green, heather and lilac delivered an executive cool factor – the antithesis, then, of ‘cosy’. Job done. But it didn’t stop there – a foray into print produced rubberised planets for impact. The addition of Jupiter and Mars saw Nascimento reaching for the stars.