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Pedro Lourenco

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GRAVITY-DEFYING STUNTS

Paris: Critics were left in awe of Pedro Lourenço’s seemingly impossible feats with leather at his debut show last season, and the 19 year-old Brazilian’s sophomore collection was highly anticipated. Once again, Lourenco proved himself to be a master of leather, attaching it to tulle to create garments that seemed to defy gravity. There were edgy pantsuits and motorcycle jackets with racing stripes, as well as playful shifts and sleek floor-length column dresses. Everything looked ultra-modern, and at times reminiscent of Andre Courrèges’ Space Age designs. Though craftsmanship could have rivaled the most experienced of tailors, overly ambitious concepts were a reflection of Lourenco’s youthful naivete. While his clothes of last season were well-received, they haven’t become must-haves on the street, and this season’s offerings were not much more wearable. Lourenco is undoubtedly gifted, and his eagerness is refreshing, but only time will tell if he has the ability to translate his ideas into garments that are truly ready-to-wear.

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