Oscar Niemeyer’s sinuous lines hit the fashion headlines in May when Nicolas Ghesquière presented Louis Vuitton’s Cruise 2017 collection within the architect’s saucer-shaped Niterói Contemporary Art Museum in Rio de Janeiro. But Brazilian designer Pedro Lourenço already had Niemeyer in mind when working on La Perla’s A/W16 offering. Lourenço’s collection for the luxury lingerie brand sought to reflow the curvilinear shapes of the iconic modernist – nicknamed the ’king of curves’ – into one hell of a swimsuit. With a Zamak alloy underwire, and the juxtaposition of transparent nude tulle and black Lycra panelling creating sweeping freeform cutouts, this sensual swimsuit could also be worn as underwear.

As originally featured in the September 2016 issue of Wallpaper* (W*210)