Fashion’s foremost name for signature athleisure-wear and luxurious versatility in sportswear is Lacoste. The French company, founded in the 1930s, is one of the most prestigious brands to introduce sportswear and smart casuals to the market. Lacoste has always been a principle label for comfort and flexibility, attention to fine tailoring and quality. For their 85th anniversary, Felipe Oliveira Baptista, the creative director for Lacoste, determined the premiere of the Spring/Summer show would take place at home in Paris, for the first time, in 13 years.
In case you missed the show, here’s what Lacoste envisions for 2018. The collection featured 80’s inspired looks for men and women, in a fitting tennis court stage setting. Men’s looks featured a very early grunge attitude, admittingly Narcos inspired, with “dad mustaches,” afros, retro sunglasses, and effortless grooming. If you can imagine what your gym teacher looked like in the late 80s, this was it!
Looks featured a revamped sneaker; extra oversized, faded jeans; 90s windbreakers; and even oversized polos and oversized white tees. You’re probably thinking you might as well go thrift store shopping to achieve Lacoste’s men’s look for 2018, but Baptista wanted a renewal in easy, modernized separates, with a retro color palette and “neighborhood friendly” fashion.
“It was a journey through the house; from the very preppiness of the beginning, to when it went to the street in the Eighties and Nineties and the idea of mixing it all together in a very free way,” said Baptista.
The womenswear highlight had a bit more gaiety in mind, with playful dresses, large gold buttons, and solid color blocking. Don’t expect too much play with textures or details. The collection, exuberated a nonchalant spirit, with little to no concern for physical appearance.
For the women, we’re seeing shirt dresses aplenty, oversized blazers and cuffed, bleached jeans. Bold varsity stripes cross more windbreakers, and outfits were paired with faded sweatpants, thick shoelaces, distorted off-the-shoulder shirts, and pops of random prints. The bold fabrics were clearly reminiscent of the 80s, but the footwear changed the feel just a tad. Lacoste spruced up the womenswear looks with kitten heels and pumps in subdued solids, all very retro.
All the separates in the collection have some notable advantages. Styled separately, most pieces in the collection can be neutral wardrobe essentials to layer a look to fit individual personalities. The collection is very adaptable to suit any bustling shopper.
What’s even better is the versatile separates are neutral enough in color and shape to become classic, essential pieces for wardrobes in years to come. With this collection in your closet, you’re guaranteed to have pieces that will be fashionable for the rest of your life.
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