A red tracksuit with the words “René Did It First” printed on the jacket and matching headband kicked off the men’s offering at Lacoste. Felipe Oliveira Baptista, probably trying to state the label’s colonizing status in light of the current ath-leisure trend, presented a collection full of Seventies references with an sporty urban style that felt a bit “Royal Tenenbaums” given the nutmeg color in trenches, fur coats and suits. The use of Art Deco prints in sweatshirts and graphic stripe details in softly tailored suits and coats, kept the look modern. But again, who doesn’t love a vintage John McEnroe moment?
For women, the first looks down the runway had humor and direction, designed in the same vein as the men’s wear with a quirky nod to retro graphics. A loosely structured long vest in heather gray worn over a knit minidress looked fresh, as did a sporty red-and-blue striped sweater and pencil skirt combo and a checkered tracksuit with a faux-fur cape that followed the Wes Anderson vibe. From there, the show transitioned into the predictable striped tennis skirts and dresses for which the brand has always been known.