Lucas Nascimento at London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week was almost going to pass me by this time around. With life hectic for so many reasons, finding time to attend shows and traipse around the exhibition just wasn’t on the clock.

But when I was invited to Lucas Nascimento’s LFW show – handily positioned on a Saturday evening when even I usually take some time off – I made the effort to be there…

I’m glad I did. Not only was I treated to a fascinating collection of strong silhouettes (one armed knits, playfully transparent trousers, softly structured leathers and unusually draped silks – with matching bra tops half exposed) I was also given an audience with the man himself to hear about his use of zesty colours, the artist whose work was woven into the bold knitted monochrome dresses he sent down the runway and the COTTON USA sponsorship that has helped to construct a collection of beautiful, eclectic textures.

Lucas told me that the strong citrus shades popping out on the catwalk came into the collection naturally

Born in Brazil, Nascimento graduated from the London College of Fashion and then spent three consecutive seasons showing at Rio Fashion Week.

I first spotted his natty and creative knitwear back in 2011, so I’ve been a fan for a while – his increasingly creative and clever use of unusual knit-silhouettes, and his passion  for working with natural textiles and fibres, sealed the deal for his COTTON USA sponsorship this season. The programme offers upcoming designers greater exposure and previous recipients have included Richard Nicoll (of my special orange dress fame), Meadham Kirchhoff and Preen.

There’s no doubt that Nascimento has aimed this collection at a strong woman who is unafraid of wearing colour and messing around (to awesome effect) with shapes and texture. His wonderful way with knitwear is still evident – but whether complementary or contrasting, the other fabrics he is working with are equally as inventive and unconventional.

Love this tangerine tone – the silk hangs beautifully

The shine of the leather jacket with the sheer skirt is striking

Lucas told me this isn’t a print – it’s art knitted into the design

One exposed shoulder – and the matching bra tops – were a signature throughout this collection

Written by Johanna Payton