Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Madison Ave, NYC

Lacoste/Andy Roddick collab for men available now
words/images Judith Ecochard

Point, Match, Set-tennis apparel, Lacoste style in collab with Andy Roddick for men and boys

kids me's of Lacoste adult apparel

We always look forward to the Lacoste media preview at the company's NYC offices ---it's always fun---and its a great way to see how integral the footwear is with the apparel collections-and accessories. 

Cathy Totes-in leather-suede...carry over from Spring 2012...piping and shape-reference Cathy Lacoste's golf bag
We began our tour of this multi-room display admiring the new satchels and carry-alls ...Lacoste has a sporty group of totes and backpacks in bold shades made of durable nylon---but we think the real bump-up is in the plush leather bags...perfectly sized for haulers carrying around their lives.

color blocks-pow!

Classic style handbags, shoulder flap and a bucket shape tote-subtle logo, solid gold hardware, quality full grain leather in terrific colors

key chain cute----oversized L's, crocs, and hearts

we like this duffle with removable shoulder strip and the white croc stamped on the black bottom with squr prance providing a modernist touch---très chic

Available NOW and ---the new Country Flags collections-in men's ($165) and boys sizes ($98-croc is in flag colors on a white polo)...wha????? No women's? An oversight that needs to be corrected. In time for the WORLD CUP qualifyers.
Country totes too-love Brazil's!

Lots of countries featured -in sizes XXS-XXL for men

polos w/ old school collegiate style logo

The next display---had a large assortment of winter ready casual wear and hiker style lace-up kickers, Lacoste style...
on a vintage sneaker white rubber outsole...welt stitched leathers and suede uppers, eyelet and hook lace-ups-subtle croc logo embossed on side

nice touch-the croc embossed back meal detail-with red tab---on all of the versions of this boot.

boat shoe inspired-contrast stitching, layered outsoles, nice

Ribbed ankle cuffs, rawhide laces, mixed material uppers---Lacoste always offers a lot of color waves per each style for mens choices.

Oversized contrast stitching-elt construction lug soles, stylish and rugged...
cool pull off tab

Apparel was really well done this year...outerwear in particular-with storm proof jackets, and puffy down items with a lot of retro 80's style.

We review a lot of techy performance wear lines---and can appreciate practical features in a fashion brand this terrific weather proof parka-oversized snap outer pockets, ski pass pocket on sleeve, wind flap snaps over solid middle zip, removable hood, on what felt like to us, solid DWR fabric. Handsome and functional!!!!

To wear, layer---knit beanies, neck gaiters, soft ribbed sweaters----
cargo pants....slim fitting not sloppy on real men

two tone, leather saddle shoes---

love these-canvas leather lace-ups...nice back tab detail, lug soles that are durable

v neck sweaters-ribbed collar details

cute pop pop helmet hats in non itchy knits

mixed materials in olive/khaki/snady beige...military laces nie color bump.

quilted down, big waffle pattern tad retro-with detachable hood, arm ski pass pocket

warm, button up cardy-pocket and trim details in silky poly makes the item polished

These are so smart-the fringed brogue is removable...sporty and versatile...changes the look of the shoe...

clean, easy wear, oversized front pockets, and interior pockets----great parka to layer up for warmth

fun oversized crocs on the chunky knit hats

brown toggle tabs on a hoodie-match zips

metallic leather chukkas 

weatherproof inner lining on the flap kwp these snow out...softshell to layer over a vest or chunky sweater

hooded puffy vests-classic

weekend attire-hoody and slim fitting khakis...

suede penny loafers with croc embossed leather coin insert

Loafers with style---the ribbed rubber outsoles of these drivers -we saw in the Spring 2012 collection-are available in other dark leathers.

lifestyle tennies

sneakers with style-suede and nylon uppers, contrast laces, subtle croc---

polos with an oversized "L" logo-we like how the sleeves/collars are different colors/prints-fahsion forward update

lifestyle sneakers in Autumnal suede 

Outsole embellishments---dress up casual kicks...
faux curry lining for a winter Desert boots

color block hoody top---

fleece lined lace-ups 

LACOSTE L!VE is coming into its own as a label---with more of a slim fit and we think a niche market aimed at tweeners/teeners.

Parka-double breast snaps dress it up
Several design themes played out throughout---Polar Block, The Brotherhood (collegiate inspired) for and .L'Aventure C'est L'Aventure (nordic chic) for guys...and Polar Pop and Library Lovestory for gals.
fat laces-an ode to 80's hip hop roots

varisty style jacket

colorful prints n saturated tones-ribbed collars and sleeve polos

The cuts and fits are slimmer-and the down quilted jackets hit higher up on the hip...with details more oversized=more attitude, imo.
Breton stripes

fun-color block boat shoes

high top kicks get a colorful makeovers....

Women's Lacoste 

Sleek and chic...
Lacoste's Paris based, Portuguese designer Felipe Oliveira Batista channeled a lot of those sophisticated ski outfits from the 1960-s-70's (specifically the French 1966 ski team) ---finely knits ski sweaters and ribbed trousers-and refined them for city slickers. We thought ...wonderfully.

Naturally, the footwear was equally as great---this wedge suede low boots with knit cuffs-should do really well at retail---a versatile look.

practical totes and drawstring haulers.

Quilted lace-up boots are done well here---with water resistant elements in play.

Nordic print cuffs on these high tops  and boots...nice.

ballet flats evolved into more sophisticated multi-tone shoes with side buckles.

drawstring waist and hem give this practical parka shape.

fleece torso, nylon side panels, -warmth where you need it

As with the men's looks, the outwear---really stood out this season.
warm shearling line lace-ups

balet flats-easy travel shoes

perforated leather bag---adjustable straps, nice gold hardware...classic

moccasins with brogue fringes

comfy cotton deep v-necks

easy wear flats

suede loafer/moccasin with trim

tailored fedoras

from the runway-navy quilted leather jacket with removable sleeves over navy wool ribbed dress, black Ballantine low boots

Red and Blue Big Print-in Wool Crepe- 

Red and Navy Fine Merino Wool Color Block Dress

LOVE-Ivory Zipped Hooded Outerwear with Ringlet Wool Details

nice zipped cuffs

Fitted Jersey Color Block Dress

Charcoal Wool Crepe Coat with wool Ringlet Details FAB!!!!
Cuff detail

Baptistine Boot

Charcoal fitted jersey color block leotard with flared skirt of mixed wool and silk crepe

Baptistine Boots

Red Zipper Merino Wool Dress with crocs on sleeve with matching leggings

Ivory and Navy Color Block Wool Crew Neck Sweater (r) and trousers with ribbed cuffs, Hooded fitted outwear left===with ringlet wool details over trousers with ribbed cuffs 

Chine Light Grey Milano Wool Long Blazer over navy cotton flannel,  and navy zipped sweater with ribbed collar

Navy Merino Wool Sweater with crocs on sleeves, navy Milano trousers with ribbed cuffs
YOUTUBE from Mercedes Benz Fashion Week/NYC: