Dear Shaded Viewers and Diane,
Out of us all who from every corner of the world ever so tentatively have settled here in the Land of the Rose, Brazilian-born Lucas Nascimento, and by proximity the woman he dresses, demonstrate a measure of confidence and sensibility it would do the rest of us good to take as an example. Sentimental, as anyone’s look back to the interiors and soft furnishing of their own childhood would be, Nascimento infuses his looks with a subtle but solid suggestion of influence. Sandwiched between the 2014 World Cup and the Olympics in 2016, winter 2015 in the designer’s homeland promises to be a hopeful season of increased purchasing potential for the new Brazilian middle class: whether or not the now very much London-based creator had them in mind it would be hard to say, what’s clear though is that there’s hardly a woman who wouldn’t feel at ease in one of those sleeveless, shimmery, very current jumpsuits. A certain soft power is at play: familiar, unthreatening, and seemingly effortless in shape, Nascimento’s trademark strength lies in his finespun textile complexities – combining yarns of various weights and measures, floral jacquards and padded inlayed knits whose layered details are invisible from my seat, and yet all the same, somehow perceived.