A few seasons ago, I collaborated with Lacoste on a special project and had the chance to meet Creative Director Felipe Oliveira Baptista in New York and see his work from up close (you can read my article here). This is when I truly rediscovered the french house. Like a lot of people, I loved how Christophe Lemaire revamped the brand, but Baptista has brought it to another level of refinement.
This season, the designer was inspired by Chantaco, a golf course René Lacoste’s father-in-law designed in the 1920’s in the Basque region of France. We could definitely feel that influence in the beautiful greens and burgundies used in the collection but also in some silhouettes and prints, that were reminiscent of the chic golf style from that era.
That reinvented argyle sweater brings me to Baptista’s other striking prints that were actually inspired by Chantaco’s Art Deco clubhouse (that I really hope to visit one day). I especially love the abstract geometric prints.
Other favourites were definitely the monochromatic looks that often included a coordinated (and perfect) backpack.
Talking about colours…Burgundy was definitely the key shade of the season, even the designer was wearing a version of it for the big day!
Monochromatic is great, but Baptista also gave us a few refreshing colour combinations like nude + moss green or burgundy + pale kaki.
Other trends included cool everyday sweaters…
and of course, great outerwear! As usual, the parkas and anoraks were impeccable, but it’s the dressier coats that got my heart beating.
Overall, this was a cool, effortless and refined collection made of real clothes that we want… and will wear!
Photos: © Yannis Vlamos for Lacoste & Reuters (via english.ahram.org.eg) for the introduction image.