A resolutely straight line intersects another resolutely straight line. On a tennis court, the calibrated rigor of the stroke and the sharp whiteness of the line compose the space. For Lacoste this season, everything begins with this line, a line that is also reminiscent of modernist architecture: all lightness and transparence. Lightness is indeed the real focus of this carefree summer. Materials are light, their volumes softening and stretching. Colors bring freshness, and trompe-l’oeil creates seductive flesh-revealing juxtapositions.
The white line is first introduced as piping, stroking the collar of a man’s jacket, on a polo shirt’s placket or following the length of an ethereal coat. It then becomes a band of almost transparent jersey that revisits the rugby dress, stripes contrasting with an opaque knit. Finally, it fully takes shape, set-off against subtle shades that, through the medium of heat-welding’s intangibility, outline the piqué front of a trench coat and underline the cut of a man’s jacket, the volume of a sports jacket and the narrow look of a skirt.
By promoting fluidity without forgetting structure, Felipe Oliveira Baptist continues to flirt with the paradoxes of chic sportswear. Steeped in tennis, A-line skirts and wrap-over dresses swathe the body. Technical double-faced mesh and organza-like nylon shun codi-fications. The silhouette is free and yields to summer seduction, as the body slips into long and light layers for women and supple jackets and coats for men.
The line is clear. Straight.
Neither evening nor morning, but both at once. The engulfing lengths of dresses and outer-wear. The precisely delicate cut of tunics and polo shirts. The sartorial elegance and laid-back sportswear of the menswear collection.
The LACOSTE palette classics are washed out by the white light of the summer sun. Blues and greens discover subtle half tones. Red gives way to variations of pink. Clay brown. Rosy beige.