(ot) fashion focus: mccartney, hermès, and dior



Christophe Lemaire didn’t do so bad for his first collection with Hermès. That pant-boot (“poot“), along with his nods to falconry and archery (equestrianism takes a momentary back seat), mixed with Lemaire’s own penchant for jumpsuits and things middle-to-far-east to create a presentation that probably will need one more round to win everyone over. Meanwhile, in the boardroom, Hermès CEO Patrick Thomas had some fightin’ words about his disinterest in letting LVMH, a 20% stakeholder in Hermès, collaborate on the company’s business development. View: Hermès Fall 2011 collection at style.com.

Loving all the gold from Stella McCartney! View: Stella McCartney Fall 2011 collection at style.com.

And, in case you’re curious, Christian Dior‘s Fall 2011.

(images via style.com)

fashion focus: christophe lemaire s/s 2011



We can’t wait to see what former Lacoste designer Christophe Lemaire will present at his debut helming Hermés. As you may remember, he took over for Jean-Paul Gaultier last year. Lemaire’s Fall 2011 collection shows in Paris on March 6. (View: Photos will be available here. Bonus: All of Hermés past shows.)

Meanwhile, that pic above is of the spring/summer 2011 collection for Lemaire’s own label. Take a closer look.

(screengrab via christophelemaire.com)

nyfw s/s ’11: lemaire’s last for lacoste



Christophe Lemaire‘s final collection for Lacoste showed in New York last week, a mix of the sportswear we’ve come to enjoy from the brand’s archives — Lemaire’s take, of course — but with a little more infusion of the Frenchman’s own eastern aesthetic. The show started with whites and blacks in concentric squares and other geometric patterns. He then mixed it up with oranges and browns, and then switched to greys to end the presentation.

As we’d mentioned before, Lemaire is taking over at Hermes; his first show for that label will be in March 2011.

View: A slideshow of the entire Lacoste S/S ’11 show, via style.com. (Etc.: See the Rodarte show and others we liked.)

(images via style.com)

fashion focus: christophe lemaire’s f/w 2010



There are big things in store for former Lacoste creative director Christophe Lemaire now that he’s replacing Jean-Paul Gaultier as the head at Hermès. (Lemaire’s first collection, that of fall 2011, will debut next March. At Lacoste, a replacement should be named by year’s end.)

Meanwhile, he’s still plugging away with his own label. For fall 2010, he’s infused a burnt orange into the usually muted palette of dark blues, browns, and grey/black. And the pieces are considerably more wearable than those from his two previous collections.

Up close: I have some screengrabs below, but see the entire lookbook here.

(via christophelemaire.com)

spring in the 2010 step of christophe lemaire’s lacoste



Lacoste was one of the first to show its Fall 2010 RTW goods in New York. The collection seemed to have a little more creative director Christophe Lemaire‘s personal touch, with the men and women opening the show down the bright yellow runway in the loose garments we’ve come to see from his eponymous non-Lacoste work.

Still, as the pieces switched palettes from oatmeal to the brand’s signature bright colors, we were reminded that Lemaire can remain true to the company’s aesthetic.

Lemons: Since their chief croc, Andy Roddick, is off playing for a title in Memphis (at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships), Lacoste thought long and hard about which athlete to invite to the show. The answer: Canuck Aleksandra Wozniak. Hunh? Why are all the Wozes getting all the love?

Browse: Images from the entire show at style.com.

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