It’s not easy to look sleek or svelte in knitwear, but emerging London-based designer Lucas Nascimento manages to do both in his eponymous label. Since he graduated from London College of Fashion in 2008, Lucas has spent the last three years showing his pieces in Rio Fashion Week and making a name for himself in sculptural dressing and creative use of color combinations.
“My mother taught me to hand knit when I was a boy. Knitting was a craft that instantly fascinated me… I am always striving to find exciting ways of using knit; exploring interesting yarn combinations with techniques and processes to develop fabrications that are modern and fun,” says the designer in a recent interview with Dazed Digital. “I think that knitwear generally lends itself to a more body-con silhouette and I wanted to explore the idea of how the body is viewed and use shapes which are unexpected in knit.”
Lucas’s latest Spring/Summer 2012 collection, greatly inspired by painter Agnes Martin, was made using a special cord weaving technique that makes the knit pieces—fitted jackets, peplums, and mullet-style dresses and tops—as sleek as if they were made using any other fabric and a stylish addition to anyone’s wardrobe.