(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.

(image grab via style.com)

fashion focus: christophe lemaire – f/w 09/10

When he isn’t busy crafting looks for Lacoste or curating for the French company’s shop-in-shop, Christophe Lemaire is off creating clothing for his eponymous line, whose aesthetic draws from eastern silhouettes like kurtas, tunics, and trenches — all in flowing fabrics like molletons, judo cotton, silk, flannel, blended wool, and tweed.

More: It’s all very Lawrence of Arabia, and TSF only wishes that we could pull off wearing these clothes. Unfortunately, there’s just no room for it in Southern California. Read on to see a few images from the Lemaire Fall/Winter lookbook…

fashion focus: lacoste spring 2010

We’ve been watching a lot of Tennis Channel at Chez TSF — especially those classic matches from the 80s — and’ve been totally fascinated by the short shorts worn by Borg, Connors, Ashe, et al. We want them to come back!

Our only concern is how they’ll keep junk in the trunks, but it worked back then, so it must work now. How about starting off with the men of Lacoste?

The French company’s Spring 2010 goods made a showing in New York last month, and creative director Christophe Lemaire churned out the classics: blazers and polos for the men, and flirty skirts and jumpsuits for the women.

We can totally see Gilles Simon wearing that white outfit on the very left. Do you agree? Tell us!

View: The Lacoste 2010 rtw slideshow is here.

(images via style.com)

SPRING 2010 SHOWS WE LOVE
>> bottega veneta
>> max mara
>> thakoon
>> fendi
>> marc by marc jacobs
>> giorgio armani
>> burberry prorsum

christophe lemaire’s lacoste shop-in-shop

We’re hoping to stop by the memorial service for Jack Kramer (it’s today at the UCLA Tennis Center @ 11am, for those of you in SoCal).

Lacoste and creative director Christophe Lemaire launched a store-in-store at the company’s Paris flagship store earlier this year, a space that carries rare Lacoste products for both sexes as well as one-offs created for the runway that never made it to the floor.

The details: The shop walls are covered in cork and felt; a leather punching bag hangs off to one side; a vintage tennis racquet juts out in front as the store’s sign — all “a decidedly luxurious take on sport,” says Lemaire. (See another interior pic here.)

Visit: The Lacoste in Lemaire shop is located at 28 rue de Poitou, Paris.

(screengrabs via christophelemaire.com; via vogue.co.uk)

lemaire and lacoste’s fall 2008 — where do we insert andy roddick?

Lemaire, the side project of Lacoste creative director Christopher Lemaire, drew inspiration from the Far East for his current fall collection, constructing winter coats and jackets with the silhouettes of South Asian garments like kramas (scarf) and kurtas (tunic).

The women have pleated high-waisted pants and their own winterwear, including a convertible cape, a kimono trench coat, a leather jacket, and those shawl collars that are all over the place this season.

Browse: See the lookbook at christopherlemaire.com.

Lacoste Fall/Winter 2008: And for his regular duties, Lemaire carried that muted palette over for part of Lacoste’s fall 2008 ready-to-wear line, staged in February of this year on a sheepskin (!) runway in New York.

Inspired by Megève, the Alpine resort popularized in the 1920s by the Baronne Noémie de Rothschild (who was fed up with the crowding at St. Moritz). Lemaire began with some snow performance looks in greys and slates…

…followed up with earthy colors that bring pop to otherwise standard cuts of polos, cardigans, and slacks…

…and of course, since this is Lemaire’s intepretation of the classic tennis brand, rounded out with a venture into the whimsical. This winter, he makes good use of purple, pom-poms, and for the ladies, some out-of-this-world puffy boots.

Sit back: Lacoste’s Fall 2008 ready-to-wear at style.com.

Shop: All the goods can be picked up at lacoste.com.

Fashion Focus: leaving Lemaire ‘lone

The side project of adorable Christopher Lemaire is nothing like the work he does as creative director of Lacoste. Free from the shackles of a “brand DNA” (and there’s 75 years of it!), Lemaire turns instead to personal influences in music when designing for his year-old eponymous label. (He was a DJ in Paris before leaving to work for Lacroix and YSL, and before taking over at Lacoste in 2000.)

“At Lemaire, I’m starting from a blank page, everything is linked to my personal sensibilities and it is a lot more introverted,” he tells Refinery29. The collection has lots of slim yet baggy silhouettes (think pleated pants, gathered and cinched fabrics, etc.) My fave is the men’s polo with an animal graphic (looks like a llama?).

Browse: This season’s influence is “[1960s] beach party with a scratch of new wave attitude.” See the full collection at www.lemairestyle.com.

(via Refinery29)