Having achieved household name status thanks to the polo shirt that quickly became the clothing choice of the upper class, Lacoste is a brand that is recognized globally today not only among those who are fashion forward but anyone who’s ever shopped for a polo shirt or golf wear.
So, is it tennis or golf, you may ask. The fact is, while René Lacoste was a tennis legend, his family, as well as Baptista’s (who is the current Creative Director of the brand) have been devout golfers, hence the obvious references in the current collection.
Designers are inspired by all kinds of things, but it is most intriguing when the initial idea comes from nature.
Lacoste’s F/W ’14 collection was inspired by the hundreds of shades of green found in the lawn and trees, and the Art-Deco club house located at the famous gold course named Chantaco in the Basque region of France.
Apparent in the pieces are the outdoors and nature-focused sportswear references yet Batista handles the process in a manner so smooth that it feels as if they were born that way. What a way to prove that it is indeed possible to make sportswear-inspired urban casual cool enough to be considered ultra high fashion while maintaining its exclusive trait i.e. comfort and functionality.
Monochromes of blue and red were highlights; the colors so rich and luxurious that their true identity (i.e. casual wear) became concealed albeit momentarily.
Who draws the line anymore, anyway. Casual wear or not, anything that’s this nice shall be worn anytime, everywhere.
Olive and burgundy were meant to be together especially in a relaxed fit, with Nylon adding the direly needed athletic elegance.
Monochrome has never been so chic, sporty sophistication should be declared a new category.
This red is just a perfect representation of a Lacoste girl: a balanced mix of casual and sensuality.
This look almost seemed out of place but I must admit it was one of personal favorites: casual ensemble redefined.
Throughout the show, I found myself strangely caught off guard by the presence of these beanies that kept popping up. I blame it on my past growing up in Los Angeles.
Mark Rothko’s abstract art pieces come to mind… but then again, how unusual is it to draw two horizontal lines?
Something about this color… makes this look surprisingly appealing. Perhaps it’s her hair and the shoes being in a matching state that’s almost so precise it’s scary.
That almost looks Neoprene but I’m probably wrong. Must be all the Neoprenes I almost drowned in yesterday while shop-hopping. If you haven’t heard, Seoul is experiencing a major Neoprene flood. This is a warning.
It’s all about toned-down, effortlessly cool comfort; I mean, who needs a body-con dress when you’ve got THIS?
Yikes. Beige/navy blue combo is always a yes.
Hey, hey, hey- Sporty sophistication at its finest.