As the New York Fashion Week continues to unveil the spring/summer 2016 trends, we are all more than exited to see the world famous brands and trendsetters define their silhouettes and patterns for the season, and by saying patterns we literally mean it, especially when speaking of Lacoste – a brand with almost a century long history. Already the second time Lacoste will dress the French Olympic Delegation at 2016 summer Olympic games in Rio and Felipe Oliveira Baptista – Lacoste’s artistic director – used this as a starting point and source of inspiration. The designer has just unveiled the Lacoste spring/summer 2016 collection and it proves to be completely dedicated to next year’s summer Olympics. He successfully mixed different bright patterns, cuts and colors creating a sporty lineup inspired by Rio, flags, graphic patterns and the Eighties, one that also stays true to the motto of the brand – “without style playing and winning are not enough.”
For spring 2016, Baptista delivered a fresh and bright array of sporty-chic clothing pieces, choosing a rich color palette of shades of blue, orange, khaki, grey and sometimes all at once combined in complex geographic or flag patterns. In addition, the collection was very rich in US flag inspired patterns like stars and stripes, enlarged slogans and eye-popping graphic designs.
The models walked the show like true athletes rocking positive looking sporty and comfy outfits, ranging from simple shirtdresses and jumpsuits with deep V-necks to evening-ready designs using asymmetric hemlines and elongated silhouettes. We also saw a metallic silver space-age-inspired flight suit accessorized with simple white platform sneakers, which is all about making a statement and drawing attention.
The collection was rich in different shapes and lengths ranging from T lined minis to maxis, deep cuts and slits, flowing gowns and transformed polo shirts. Some pieces were elegant and sporty, perfectly wearable for work or day-offs, like the metallic green flowing shirt-dress with large pockets made of parachute nylon, the midi long-sleeve dresses with classy graphic designs reviving the good old Eighties, the futuristic looking jumpsuits, or the trench coats reminding us all of billowing flags. The less elegant pieces meant to please the tastes of women who value comfort and movement were the more practical designs presented, such as the multicolored jumpsuits carrying graphic patterns, stars and slogans, zip-up jackets, wide flowing raincoats illustrating diverse graphic patterns and other active-wear pieces.
The models looked fresh-faced and just amazing wearing their hair loose and natural. The no makeup look continues to overtake the catwalks and apparently the trend seems to be here to stay and we are happy to embrace it staying clear of heavy layers of foundation.
The footwear Baptista used to finish off the looks was especially designed to please the needs of women, who value their time and freedom of movement. A wide range of comfy looking platform slip-on sandals performed in different colors and textures were presented in addition to the white platform sneakers. Caps with interesting cut-outs and cross-body sporty handbags coming in the same colors as the outfits were other accessorizing details used to enhance the perfection of the fresh and bright looks.
Photos courtesy of Vogue