Ever since live streaming of fashion shows kicked off, I do find myself wondering why we bother going to the shows when you could just watch it at home in your pyjama’s with a cup of tea. There’s queues to deal with, the endless running around, the painful feet and the constant battle to get a good view (which is pretty much always when you’re a shorty like me), resulting in inevitable exhaustion. Anyone – journalist or not – could sit at home and have a better view than most who are actually at the show. They can give their opinions just like if they were there, but way before you get home to write it up. I mean, it’s tempting, isn’t? So why do we bother?
Well, Lucas Nascimento’s AW13 show reminded me exactly why we do. Some collections need to be seen in person to be fully appreciated – images simply can’t tell the story like it should be told. Had I not been there, I wouldn’t be able to tell you how the dramatic, grey and industrial setting of the Tate Modern’s Tanks perfectly complimented Lucas’ collection. I wouldn’t be able to tell you how Lucas layered different textures and materials like leather and thick wool to perfection, or how the looks were equally interesting from the back. You probably wouldn’t fully feel how the silhouette was both timeless and feminine and almost classic, and yet so thoroughly modern.
You probably wouldn’t have seen the chunky leather hairbands worn at the back of the head or the little pops of colour where you wouldn’t expect them. I wouldn’t have been able to tell you about how the seemingly sharp tailoring and volumes created by Lucas completley changed when in movement. I wouldn’t have been able to tell you how the spotlights added an element of surprise to some sheer pieces. I wouldn’t be able to convey how Karen Langley’s styling pulled it all together. I probably wouldn’t have been so convinced that Lucas Nascimento is absolutely one of the most talented young designers of his generation and that this collection was something very special.
Had I simply watched it from my computer at home, I probably wouldn’t have fallen in love with this young Brazilian designer in the way that I did. But I didn’t, and this is exactly why it still matters to go to shows, to be there, to experience it.