Pedro Lourenço is what we might call an over-achiever.
Just 21 years old, Lourenço’s forth collection on the Paris schedule (fifth if you count Cruise) follows a stint assisting Alber Elbaz and a cosy “Stylistic Director” role at Brazilian Vogue. Considering the fast-tracked CV however, the Brazilian’s work is anything but precocious.
Cutting and finishing techniques are his passion and these provide the building blocks of a streamlined, geometric style which has the fashion pack cooing. For spring 2012, he shook up the minimal mood with a bunch of mixed media to add another dimension to the looks.
Straw and grass skirts, wooden beads, waffle-effects and metallic panelling gave us a structured Urban Warrior and a refreshing vision of the future that didn’t include the standard apocalyptic doom. Wide silver obi belts wrapped around shorts and straw skirts, transparent panels tracked down dresses and stiff origami collars and epaulettes topped cream gilets. If this wasn’t your thing though, it would be hard to pass up the beautifully tailored colour-block blazers.