Yesterday, the Studio at Lincoln Center was transformed, inside and out, into a wintertime wonderland as Lacoste showed its Fall/Winter 2012 collection. As the music started--based on the score from Close Encounters of the Third Kind--foam snow let the audience know that they were no longer on the tennis courts of France.
Instead, they were transported to some sort of futuristic ski slope, as imagined by Lacoste's creative director Felipe Oliviera Baptista. Though the collection as a whole was forward-looking (lots of angular panels and silhouettes), there were certain nods to the 1930s and 1960s, thanks to the Lacoste archives, from which Baptista drew inspiration for the collection. Looser outerwear, including multi-layered arctic coats, further layered on top of the many turtlenecks, added a sense of volume. These looks were paired with a tighter, leaner legging, to give the entire collection a sporty feel to it. Of particular note was a camel colored sweater-coat that seemed to meld, if not melt, into its matching scarf. On the women's side of the aisle, there were color blocks of red, white, and blue, as well as a cross-hatch geometric print, as seen on a skirt to sleeveless cape ensemble. This colorful work was offset by the weightiness of black leather jackets and grey leather vests, as well as by the neutral colors that Baptista relied upon throughout this season's work.
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