Form met function at the Lacoste Spring/Summer 2015 show today, where Creative Director Oliveira Felipe Baptista proposed sumptuous washed-out natural fabrics mashed up with nautical sportswear essentials.
“I began designing this season by thinking about the sailing boat as a design object,” Baptista explained to Savoir Flair backstage after the show. The collection featured a parade of parkas, fisherman smocks, and bold sailor stripes, which clearly paid tribute to the overarching nautical theme. And yet Baptista tactfully managed to keep his collection from feeling overly maritime. He did so by creating a mix-and-match of looks that borrowed technical fabrics and details from yachting (think neoprene and zigzag seams) while incorporating fresh styling, such as parkas tied around the waist, that called to mind a youthful, unkempt effortlessness. Soft denim fabrics and a palette of lilacs, pale mints, and grays conjured up warmth throughout the collection, which brilliantly undercut any sporting-gear design sterility.
Ultimately, a youthful and feisty reinterpretation of the fashions of an age-old sport emerged on the Lacoste runway this morning, which makes sense considering the fact that, when we asked Baptista where in the world he would sail the models wearing his collection, he paused, smiled, and told us, “Brazil”.
Photos: Courtesy of Imaxtree