The straight white line is an essential component in the design of a tennis court, and it became the starting point for Lacoste’s crisp spring collection. Softening his more experimental tendencies, artistic director Felipe Oliveira Baptista offered a minimalist take on the brand’s sportif heritage with plays on transparency and bold contrasts.
For women, said tennis lines were referenced in coats, dresses and polo shirts with white contrast edging. Baptista incorporated athletic touches elsewhere, such as the built-in sports jacket on a chic long dress. Transparency came mostly in white-on-white looks, i.e., a sheer jacket worn with a tank minidress.
Novel fabric applications were the most compelling aspect of the men’s wear, with suits and blazers constructed from sporty jersey — very on-brand — and airy trenchcoats in a gossamer, rubberized material. Plays on volume and architectural seaming added interest to tops in Baptista’s otherwise restrained, almost monastic approach.