I could ramble for days about how Lacoste gives me the feels for their “athleisure” high siddity swag. While everyone was throwing Royal Tenenbaums references around after the fall/winter 2015 show, I imagined the male models as Paulie Bleeker (yes, Juno’s boyfriend) clones instead. Maybe that’s a sign of my age?
Felipe Oliveira Baptista’s interpretation of René Lacoste’s preppy aesthetic appealed to my millennial self, despite the traditional jersey sweat suit silhouettes accessorized with sweatbands and crisp white sneakers. A few pleated, knee-length, thick jersey trumpet skirts were thrown in along with pants and jackets, all clean lines and American Apparel hues.
It is important that we address the weird sleeves on this coat — I’m already aware that fashion people hate sleeves, hence wearing coats over their shoulders in lieu of a faux cape. These sleeves however seemed like a new invention to me, albeit the most brilliant solution to underarm sweat circles, with the handy option to unfasten.
Tight mini skirts, flowing ultra-fine, nylon, cape-like windbreakers (which basically revisited last season’s windbreakers, and “René did it first” prints held my attention as the most relevant to the brand’s target market. They were just . . . cool.
However, what really made the collection seem so cool was the entire show’s vibe. The playlist was BANGING, damn Felipe can turn up — New York clubs should play more French rap. I applaud the casting directors for their selection of natural-looking, club-rat-like models to match the music. This may have been the only occasion where no makeup-makeup seemed appropriate and did not annoy me.
It’s only fair that I share a couple songs/samples from the Lacoste playlist – you know I had to get my hands on it immediately.
Jack Dice - "Stash’s Theme (feat. Stash Marina)"
Mc Solaar – "Nouveau Western"
IAM & RZA – "Seul Face A Lui"
Beyoncé – "7/11"
Tokimonsta – "Realla (feat. Anderson Paak)"
What do you guys think of this cool take on prep? Do you love the music? This was definitely my favorite show this Fashion Week – which you’ll hear more about. Stay tuned.
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