Felipe Oliveira Baptista took quite a turn with his women’s collection for Lacoste, making it lighter and full of festive new prints, great rainwear and breezy shapes. He also tweaked the house’s more classic looks, cutting polo shirtdresses looser and working them in bold color blocks and mesh. The clear plastic jackets over cropped tops and miniskirts were especially fun, as was the sexy black leather minidress embossed with alligators.
As for the men’s, Baptista used prints of tennis rackets, balls and courts in a nod to the brand’s sport heritage, but firmly moved the clothes into a fashion-forward space. Technical fabrics, carrot-fit pants and utility trenchcoats had little to do with Lacoste’s bread-and-butter polo shirts, but they’re sure to add an urban street element to those preppy wardrobes.