Saturday September 6, 2014 – Lincoln Center
After being inspired the past seasons by the tennis, the ski and the golf, Felipe Oliveira Baptista takes us yachting at the Lacoste Spring 2015 show. Sailing is no stranger to the french brand, which in 1985, along with one of the most prestigious French yachting manufacturers, designed the L42, followed one year later by the L36, two sailing boats that combined style, comfort and performance, the very values that ruled the creation of the polo shirt by René
Lacoste in the 1920s.
But Felipe Oliveira Baptista’s vision of yachting doesn’t translate to your classic traditional boat shoes or stripes shirt. The first looks are cut in double face, the silhouette is all about mix-and-match of contrasts. Mix-and-match of close-fitted and subtly oversized volumes, which are at the core of the urban wardrobe. Mix-and-match of technical pieces, parkas and blouson jackets with welded or zigzag seams, nautical essentials like blazers and fisherman smocks; mix-and-match of structured cuts and supple asymmetrical constructions; mix-and-match of subtly washed-out natural fabrics and mesh, ripstop nylon and technical double-faced fabrics; mix-and-match of color blocks and prints such as zoomed-in nautical references and coordinates that almost become abstract patterns; and also mix-and-match of juxtaposed sail-like yokes that play with transparency, weight and shine.
The designer has given the nautical-inspired apparel a versatile feel with adjustable straps, suspenders and belts. The maritime element features all the Lacoste codes.
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