The current iteration of New York Fashion Week marks a special occasion for Lacoste: the French clothing company — whose tennis sponsorship stable includes Andy Roddick, Richard Gasquet, Arnaud Clement, and the eccentric stripes of Fabrice Santoro — turns 75 this year.
Creative director Christophe Lemaire acknowledges this milestone by assembling a Spring 2008 ready-to-wear collection which proves that “he does have what it takes to update a classic”. Critics were on him for dilly-dallying with flashiness in past seasons.
Lemaire harnessed influences from Lacoste’s tennis club birthplace in 1930′s Basque country, opening the show with white blazers trimmed with red and black (we love that cummerbund). He chose an off-white crocodile emblem to give the pieces the brand’s traditional mark.
Click here to see the rest of the collection — make sure to tell us what you think!
Designs include pleat-skirted tennis dresses; long, gauzy, belted djellabas; sack skirts in terrycloth. They were accessorized with wide-brimmed straw hats and platform espadrilles. (Even the guys wore espadrille flats. whaaaaaat?)
The middle part of the show switched to the sun-bleached seventies. High-waisted and wide-leg pants were done in denim — the same fabric used for simple tunics (paired with bikini bottoms) and sleeveless dresses.
This was followed by vintage Lacoste: bright, graphic, and nautical in feel, featuring stripes and large polka dots inspired by marine flags.
The end — a final burst of color; Lemaire takes his bow.
Bonus round: See the entire Lacoste Spring 2008 RTW collection here.
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>> TSF’s lacoste archive
>> lacoste at the open: roddick in black
>> lacoste at the open: clement sticks to solids
>> lacoste at the open: santoro’s stripes
>> lacoste’s fall/winter ’08 collection