Lacoste goes out of this world in new collection
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.