Friday, December 9, 2011

LACOSTE SPRING 2012 Footwear/Apparel/Accessories


words/images Judith Ecochard

Media Preview



Sporty chic= game winning aces-----


New Lacoste creative director Felipe Oliveira Baptista managed to fashionably take the iconic Lacoste croc/polo preppy mindset- -and make it fun, colorful and fresh....







This outing for Spring 2012 nixed the competition with design elements from a rugby scrummage-for gals though -with a francophile variation on the classic bold stripes...


...also, gloriously we thought, hit par with the satchels and footwear-with design elements derived from the golf bag of Catherine Lacoste (yup-daughter of René Lacoste-the tennis player who launched this lifestyle brand)----

Ms. Lacoste won the US WOMEN'S OPEN Golf Tournament as a 22 year old amateur. So sticking with a winner-the piping details and short version of the golf bag's shape---translates into any language to mean FABULOUS.


At the media preview it was editorially helpful having the clothes and shoes grouped in editorially appropriate sets.


two sets of eyelets in a leather sneaker

We began with the men's footwear...that included lots of variations on the sneakers-pumped up kicks with two sets of eyelets, without laces and some with leather---in canvas and leather...





Also well done-the boat style shoes-in mixed textures with a rubber toe cap/outsoles-there is a lot of handsome upscale details here.


Suede classic penny loafer/ drivers with rubber soles are comfy and grippy!










More 'formal'-these lace-ups take the sneaker into the office-we liked the eyelet details back stitch detail..

Men wanting a bit more color on their feet- will love these...as comfy as flip-flops but with more style -in solids and nautical worthy prints remind us of the Breton sailor's shirt.

Nice stitch details-heel stripes-nautical touch






Slip-ons that are classics-wit elongated lasts/pointier toes make them more contemporary looking.




now classic Heldon sneakers


1927-in homage to Lacoste's first year -the croc's first appearance too-on apparel













Multi-tone sneakers-in leather with nice mix-up of geometric shapes in leather with bold stitching details.







wear up as a high top...or roll down










NEW to us-the Lacoste Live collection-with its own apparel/footwear-we figured aimed at a slightly younger demographic than the Lacoste 'regular' line





For Spring 2012-there's a lot of collegiate references----

And the footwear was more basic-less details-with cute tennies...



adorable-cape style

old fashion way to view a collection





rainbow of colors








Jackets-a drawstring white tennis dress (above), and cute tees to throw on with jeans---Lacoste Live is priced less than the main collection too.





canvas gym bags


We liked the Lacoste Live lace-up/sneaker hybrid-with the laces on a slant. No not for sport but for those with a sporty attitude!


These pants are great-roll up the cuffs show some stripe!








Lightweight jacket-playful pattern



Back in the main collection-we saw more footwear-but this time for the women...


Rainbow colors of t




Lacoste high top


sneakers go well with this viscose mix polo dress  with dart details







Color blocked dress---

Lovely curved instep, aerated leather-striped inner lining makes these flats special 

sweet leather lace bows


Ballet flats are still popular---and very travel friendly. We know of plenty of women who should carry these in their bags-so as to switch out of those skyscraper heels they can barely walk in.


Great leather satchel-buckled outer pockets and inner zipped ones-practical and summer ready in white



Rugby tops for women-have feminine lines

easy wear canvas slip-ons




drivers

Casual styles ---loafers, slip-ons, and nice sandals that can be tossed in a beach bag for after the sun goes down-fun!







The dark navy and camel leather high heel sandals-terrific-as is the short stacked heel thick band version







LOVE LOVE LOVE

Cathy Totes-in leather-suede...we all wanted to walk out with one of these...piping and shape-reference the aforementioned Cathy Lacoste golf bag



in suede -leather-bold colors $850







Performance style--navy and white cropped cotton with leather details





terrific navy/calf high heel sandals








white cotton mix technic coat-men's
sophisticated cotton silk camel



graphic silk L/S tunic






mix polo dress with back cape-viscose-last look RTW clothes














wool-bold graphics


love this-graphic wool dress






































INFO: www.lacoste.com