Monday, November 5, 2012


words/showroom images Judith Ecochard
YouTube-Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

With a big birthday in the wings (its 80th!), the French label Lacoste -and its creative lead-Felipe Olivera Baptista---celebrated a few months early-during the Mercedes Benz NY Fashion WeeK/Lincoln Center- with 80's design inspiration--- including bold colors and clever prints...track suit ease, and even a fanny pack. Ha.

teeny tiny tennis balls/rackets -ethnic print style on a cotton woven parka over a sleeveless dress

Yup-that's a fanny pack on this mannequin (removable, no worries)-a look straight off the runway-polo shirt of red printed and plain  cotton plus track suit style pants cotton fleece

Suede Leather Brandford RN-men's...nice stitch details, drain holes brogue/boat shoe merge

Recently, the company's USA based- Madison Avenue showroom hosted a media preview of Spring 2013---with the footwear and in-house designed satchels/handbags---displayed with the RTW apparel. A great way to see a cohesive collection full of refreshed classics and new shapes that move this label well beyond its preppy antecedents, imo.

Lacoste Men's Essential Design Collection
Plenty to of match, set, game winners...

runway looks-dark navy/off white printed mixed cotton mat satin-w/ Cilya high sandals in navy-women's- on left

white leather and navy canvas-men's 

V neck polos and board shorts w/ sport casual slip-ons

Manhattan and Andrew-canvas/leather messenger style ajustable shoulder straps

John Toile-gym bag size

Handsome-men's 1929 collection -in homage to Lacoste's beginnings...classic tennie style with modern touches. Love the mixed suede/canvas colors.

heel detail ---

embossed tongue

casual button down cotton long sleeves-w/famous logo

Backcroc backpacks---colorful!

Polo with beach-inspired prints

Nice woven braid detail...Agour 2 canvas

wall of totes-Concept and Concept Fantaisie

Agour and Agour 2 canvas w/ woven trim

cute slip-ons

Love-Juinette elastic cork sandals

comfy fit polo dress and tops- iconic style...

perforated Amelia-chic

now season staple Cathy bag-shaped in homage to golf bag---for Spring 2013 

Anna Tressé-diagonal woven zig zag w/ leather straps

printed  oversized tote

Kellam leather wedge sandals in front

our top pick---pumped up kicks...Bernelle 3 leather suede wedge sneaker styles with velcro strap, padded cuff like a high-top
Bernelle 2 suede 

interesting print-boat shoe

Kellam and Almont leather sandals

pretty-ruffle top

Juinette wedge sandal and Fairburn W2 textile lifestyle sneaker

canvas  sport shoes...

men's Drapeau low---nubuck leather in light tan

solid colors---including navy, red, white-dominate Spring 2013 apparel colors

Lacoste Live---fun sub-label---Rene Lacoste NFP (l) and Barbados canvas (r)

su oxford/chukka styles-Lacoste Live women-Torpel Nubuck (far left, far right), Haxby (middle)

Brenelle 2 and Brenelle---even the employees coveted this style. Worn with leggings--- or a dress...comfortable too-they were on their feet all day

Lacoste Live-women-Easbury textile, suede, leather high top redefined!

Dexbury-breathable textile, leather  oxford style for Lacoste Live

bold solid Barbados mid SYS-in canvas

Barbados GP canvas (four on right), Barbuda SYS canvas/suede left-Lacoste Live men

Cawston-textile, suede -men's Lacoste Live

oversized crocs---Lacoste Live hoodys

Lacoste Live-youthful take on the main label

bolder stripes Lacoste Live polo

Right off the runway-print on that tote is folded Lacoste polo shirts!

printed leather tote-iconic print tennis rackers, balls...

Cathy bag tote-white leather

High Sandals---runway styles-gorgeous...straps textured leather, suede...leather wrapped stack heels  Eliana

looser fot-re-interpreted polo dress

more sandals with great mix material uppers-elegant-sporty chic Aimee

more runway looks

Bright blue printed woven cotton poncho dress

embossed nappa leather laminated onto jersey

light pearl grey leather

kid's looks---polished prep