Italian lingerie giant La Perla has named Oscar Niemeyer, a highly-respected Brazilian architect, as the inspiration behind its AW16/17 collection.
Creative director Pedro Lourenco has conceived his first range for the brand using angular shapes taken from Niemeyer’s distinctive curvy buildings.
Further design inspiration is sourced from the German post-war art movement, Zero, and the Japanese ‘Edo’ period.
Focus falls on innovative fabric techniques, including the Avant Garde ‘Autografo’ technique which sees hand-written calligraphy painted onto embroidered tulle – a clear indication of Lourenco’s modern design direction.
The lingerie as outerwear trend is clearly evident once more this season with lingerie separates transitioning to ready-to-wear. This is achieved through construction techniques and finishes – including layering of silk circles and intricately sewn ‘frastaglio’ motifs.
The frastaglio technique, which comes from traditional Italian corsetry manufacturing, positions the lace in a way that sensually frames the curves of the body.
La Perla’s trademark Leavers Lace is apparent throughout, produced by antique looms in Calais, France.