The boy from Ipanema

Lucas Nascimento is a knitwear designer from Brazil hence the title, although not sure how accurate the Ipanema origin is.  He lives and works mostly in London and had already gained himself a reputation in knitwear whilst working for other clients, before launching his own label.  I was actually in the same knitwear group as him in University where he was already in the process of creating his label and always came out with some spectacular things at the end of each assignment.  This February he will be doing his first show at London Fashion Week as part of the NEWGEN scheme.

Each collection has acquired a distinctive silhouette and is a melange of simple knitwear techniques which have been mastered and as a process evolved into something new.  The carefully selected colours have been placed to give an almost graphic quality to each piece.  As you may find out throughout the course of this blog I love sheer knitwear, which he positions to highlight the body that is underneath.

Great stuff, you will be seeing more of this one soon.

[All images are from Lucas Nascimento]

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What Snow? It’s 34 degrees in Brazil!

Yes there is snow outside, but I cannot help and dream of long summer days to come.  Later on I will be trying to recreate the feeling of summer at Bikram yoga, wearing simply a top and shorts for the practice in a 40 degree heated room, phew.

Speaking of hot places the designer  Helen Rodel comes from the tropical climate of Brazil.  I came upon her work with a wondrous surprise; to me it signifies the natural beauty that comes from creating knitwear by hand.  The precision, patience and time which you need for this practice is truly commendable.  Hand knitting techniques are definitely not for the faint hearted and if you are doing a knitwear course and have decided to use hand knitting in your collection I would strongly advise that you find someone else to do it for you.

The value of handmade knitwear is becoming increasingly more precious, as a lot of designers prefer to use machine knitting in their collections, which is really fair enough because it can be tough to try and make a profit out of creativity.  Although a lot use manual machines, myself included which is faster than hand knitting but still requires gallons of patience, precision and time.

The word I would use to describe Helen Rodels designs is ‘Haute Knitouture’ (knit + haute couture), these kind of pieces are more like art works in themselves.  She has a small team of artisans who help her knit and crochet the collections.  Her vision is like that of giving life and meaning to something new, whilst clothing and ornamenting the body.  The techniques used in the collection are a mix of crochet and knit and the colours are bright and sweet like popsicles, makes me smile just looking at them.

I have also added a wonderful video about her craft.  An inspiration for the hot summer days.

[Both film and images are from Helen Rodel website.]

Brrrrilliant

When it is this cold outside today, drinking endless mugs of any warm liquid does warm you up but I think Adel Kovacs latest collection of chunky hand knits would definitely help and warm the cockles.

She is a recent MA knitwear and womenswear graduate from the Moholy-Nagy University in Budapest.  Her knitwear is a juxtaposition of the traditional craft of hand-knitting mixed with contemporary designs giving the looks a modern silhouette.  The photographically printed ‘faux knits’, would make you glance a second time double ckeck exactly what the article was.   This is such a fun way of seeing and wearing knitwear.  I like the cheeky dress with the models derrière on the back, it would be so fun to wear around London on a warm summers day.  Quite the opposite of the current climate, man I hope it gets warmer soon!!

[All images are taken from Adel Kovacs website]

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