La­coste goes out of this world in new col­lec­tion

The Hamilton Spectator - - STYLE - SARA BAUKNECHT

NEW YORK — For f all/win­ter 2017, La­coste shook up ex­pec­ta­tions with a sports­wear col­lec­tion in­spired by as­tro­naut suits mixed with a touch of ’90s grunge.

This trans­lated into baggy high­waisted trousers, iri­des­cent an­kle boots, sweaters and jack­ets splashed with scenes of outer space, as well as check­ered lum­ber­jack shirts and mo­hair cardi­gans rem­i­nis­cent of Kurt Cobain’s style. Func­tion­al­ity also was key. Some pieces were re­versible, thanks to dou­ble-faced ma­te­ri­als, while oth­ers were equipped with mul­ti­ple pock­ets.

But util­ity didn’t com­pro­mise style. Colour­block­ing in un­ex­pected shades (ochre orange and lilac, for in­stance) and fin­ish­ing de­tails such as leather or cot­ton rib­bing in­fused the col­lec­tion with moder­nity.

The homage to the Space Age was a ref­er­ence to the f ash­ion house’s name­sake, René La­coste, who joined the air­craft in­dus­try after his sport­ing ca­reer. He cre­ated Air Equip­ment, a com­pany that contributed to the de­vel­op­ment of the Con­corde and Air­bus air­lin­ers.

Cur­rent cre­ative man­ager Fe­lipe Oliveira Bap­tista also has an affin­ity for the skies be­cause his fa­ther was a pi­lot.

From the La­coste show dur­ing New York Fash­ion Week — the run­way fea­tured baggy trousers, iri­des­cent boots and scenes from outer space on tops.

PHO­TOS BY SLAVEN VLA­SIC, GETTY IM­AGES

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