London-based Brazilian designer Lucas Nascimento showed one of the only truly minimalist collections at London Fashion Week. In fact, it was so minimalist the models were barely even wearing clothes.
The up-and-comer is known for using his skills in knitwear in unlikely ways and this specialization probably makes spring an exciting challenge for him. And he delivered.
One instance of this: a few tops and dresses that closely resembled towels, worn the way you might after stepping out of the shower--which was exactly Nascimento's intention. "I wanted to use towels but I want to create my own towels, so they're knit towels out of our own fabrication, so [fabric-wise] it's more like a dress," he explained.
His inspiration was the way a woman gets dressed--starting with getting out of the shower. The models' hair was, of course, slightly wet. And post-towel, the ensuing looks didn't offer much more coverage. Several strappy slip dresses were shown with one shoulder intentionally falling off. "The idea of perhaps you're getting dressed and someone arrives, you have to open the door, same with the towel."
Also interesting: a series of really well-done minimalist leather looks. We were partial to a simple white leather dress with pockets. We were also intrigued by a simple jacket with one side shorter than the other--it looked fresh and new.
The show had a small crowd (it was basically the very last show of LFW), but a quality one: Susie Bubble, Vogue UK, and a few important buyers including the My-Wardrobe.com team, who tend to know what's up (he's part of their London Lab, which highlights buzzy London designers).
This guy's definitely one to watch.