Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall ’12. Lacoste Pines for the Alpines

February 11, 2012 • Fashion Blog, Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Fall '12




Summary: Upon walking into the Lacoste Fall ’12 show, guests couldn’t help but notice something a little….different. Tall plastic panels ran the length of the runway, showcasing what appeared at first sight to be dust motes or pollen- fluffy little puff so something laying dormant. It wasn’t until the show kicked off and the already named “snow globes” sprang to life that it was clear what artistic director Felipe Oliviera Baptista was trying to achieve. The snow flurries that danced and swirled in their encasements where part of Lacoste’s homage to the France’s National Ski Team, the main source of inspiration for this season’s collection. Baptista has been looking inward and backward in recent seasons, tweaking aspects of the label’s archives to create a fresh perspective on old favorites. Baptista wanted to channel the sleek edginess  from when the label designed the National Ski Team uniforms in 1966, choosing eye-popping shades of France’s red, white and blue colors. Blending that sense of fashionable activewear with the function of mountain motoring expeditions, which were popular around the 1930’s, Baptista created a vehicle for what he calls a “cutting edge sportswear wardrobe”.

The label included a retro-hued photo (the original Instagram!) of the 1966 French National Ski Tream, a lineup of smiling men clad in bright red turtlenecks and tight two-tone blue pants. It was in that slim fit that Baptista chose to fashion his modern day “second skin” suits. In more or less the same palette, the pants suits and mini dresses were color-blocked in crisp, primary hues and left little to the imagination. My first impression was that the suits bore striking resemblance to a Star Trek uniform, or some similar type of sci-fi series. But while those pieces may not have been the most wearable-looking plenty was. The cocoon-like parkas looked perfectly snuggable against the faux snow background and the chunky knits and slouchy sweatshirts all made for perfect pieces to curl up with in front of an apres-ski fire. Perhaps our favorite of Baptista’s innovations was  his use of zippers. A large zippered hood could be zipped all the way down, so as to become a soft furried collar while sleeves could be zipped up to the collar and draped elegantly over the shoulders in a “I just hopped off the slopes” kind of way. Overall, Baptista proved his mastery of activewear design in both the stylings and functionality of this collection and we applaud him for that; even if 99% of the population couldn’t pull off those skintight ski suits.

Color Palette: blue, winter white, pearl grey, navy, caramel, bright blue, ivory, red, eggshell, black

Fabrics and Textures: leather, milano, chine, merino wool, knit, tweed, silk, wool voile, cashmere, silk pique

Key Looks: Zipper hood, Cashmere Calf-length Skirt, Trompe-L’oeil Print Wool Voile Pantsuit, Cathy bag, Suedette Bag, Quilted Leather Jacket with Fur Collar, Alpine Sweater, Large Parka, Color-blocked Ski Suit Mini Dress

-Alia Rajput

Photos: NYMag

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