New York Fashion Week Coverage: Lacoste Spring 2014 Collection

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Lacoste’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection felt akin to a cold sorbet on a hot summer’s day: refreshing.

“I started with the purity of the lines of a tennis court,” said Lacoste Creative Director Felipe Oliveira Baptista when we sat down with him after today’s Spring 2014 show. “At the same time I was really obsessed with the idea of lightness. Not only in terms of materials, but also as a state of mind.”

This season, Baptista’s collection certainly proclaimed, “let there be light”. Light pastels, to be more specific. And with a blur of soft hues, including rosy beiges, clay browns, and muted whites, Baptista evoked just the airy and crisp feeling he set out to inspire.

The elegant pastel palette was juxtaposed with architectural structures and modern materials, which came in the form of A-line skirts and shorts, and technical double-faced mesh outerwear. Boxy blazers, mini dresses with sheer paneling, and dainty urban running shoes coexisted to create an effortless and sensual collection, with each piece feeling nourishing, but not too sweet.

And what about the iconic polo? It got shorter. And cooler. “It was an interesting design exercise,” Baptista explained to us. “I’ve fused the old and the new. Added technological elements and played with proportions.”

The collection’s innovative fabrics – jersey crepes, brushed cottons, and trompe-l’oiel inlays – felt daring and resilient, while the prominence placed on luxe athleticwear via rugby dresses and sports jackets touched on the heart of the brand’s rich heritage. When it comes to Lacoste design, the push and pull between archival versus modern influences is an endlessly fascinating match to watch transpire, filled with the same nail-biting excitement as a great game of tennis.

Photos: Courtesy of GoRunway

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