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Lucas Nascimento Ready To Wear Fall Winter 2015 London

It’s always refreshing to see designers build their collections around their customers over the whims of fashion. Brazilian-born designer Lucas Nascimento’s monolithic vision of designing for the wardrobe, not for the runway, seemed to have fared well amongst the female editors lining the front rows of the show. It was hard to ignore how sensible the collection was as the outfitting mirrored precisely the uniform dressing favoured by many of such female professionals in places of power and influence.

The staple coat, sweatshirt and pencil skirt combo was so overwhelmingly easy to put on, it was surprising that Nascimento didn’t already have them on pre-order as the models walked down the runway. Tropical print – a gesture to his Brazilian background – applied on toweling fabric (increasingly becoming a regular feature in his collections) was Nascimento’s central theme today. Despite the boldness of the print, it seemed to transit seamlessly from one garment to another. Simple and easily understood silhouettes paved the way for more intricate fabric innovations. Padded, inlayed knits simulated modern quilting whilst a lurex-silk blend created the bristle textures. Amidst all the technical renderings, the metallic camisole jumpsuits embodied Nascimento’s touch perfectly; plenty of handiwork but packaged in a deceivingly effortless output.

Despite the desire to cater to powerful women in the workplace, Nascimento’s collection was far from cold or aggressive, as one would expect of typical power dressing.  With his extremely intimate approach to design and precise tailoring to the female form, no wonder he is every woman’s personal designer.