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LacosteFall Winter 2015 New York

Runway Review
2/14/2015 Natalie Cantell

Margot Tenenbaum’s desire to spend six hours a day watching television and soaking in a tub is a sentiment no doubt appreciated by this morning’s packed house, who arrived at a snow-dusted Lincoln Center having braved one of the iciest mornings of NYFW yet.

Felipe Oliveira Baptista’s Fall 2015 collection for Lacoste did more than just hint at a tribute to the Wes Anderson masterpiece, and it while it wasn’t his most groundbreaking moment - “Why would a reviewer make the point of saying someone's not a genius?” - it simply worked beautifully. The Royal Tenenbaums-inspired leisurewear veered predictably towards that quirky ‘70s aesthetic, only with more of a sense of humor than usual.

That infamous cherry-red tracksuit was appropriated as Lacoste’s own, with the addition of the words “René Did It First” slapped brazenly across the front. Worn by a carefully selected male model with a headful of dark curls escaping his headband, the visual took you down a rabbit hole of re-imagining Chas Tenenbaum, but as interpreted by a cheekbone-heavy male model channeling Ben Stiller, walking down a runway… but wait, wasn’t that a different movie?

Vintage-inspired athletica reigned supreme as one might guess, but it was the more costume-like additions, such as Margot’s teddy bear coat over a rainbow of leisure suits, worn by male and female models alike, that kept things interesting. Bloggers rejoice, for once again we saw coats with sneaky underarm openings to allow limbs escape from sleeves, all the better to for exposing the rainbow of colors worn below.

Julia Nobis returned to Baptista’s runway, her look suggesting a casual game of tennis. The collection was styled to do Richie Tenenbaum proud, with excellent easy-to-wear tan suiting over baby blue polo shirts, their bright red collars sliced with navy blue stripes (and matching headbands, of course).

However, the collection was more than just ‘70s activewear and Wes Andersen characters reincarnate. Interspersed were strong, slick pieces that translated the gag to something more modern. The third look: a long column of navy matching layers struck with unpredictable bright red squares and all the right leading lines. A deep sea-green dress with a light jacket attachment thrown back off her shoulders, dancing from her spine as she walked. Tailored girly looks, grey on grey, flowing coats zippered at their splits, pleated skirts on collared dresses that perfectly united timeless French chic with notions of athletica.

The overall result: cult classic inspiration seamlessly married with a classic brand. And if you didn’t read this in the soothing, narrative voice of Alec Baldwin, you really missed an opportunity.
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2/14/2015 Natalie Cantell

Margot Tenenbaum’s desire to spend six hours a day watching television and soaking in a tub is a sentiment no doubt appreciated by this morning’s packed house, who arrived at a snow-dusted Lincoln Center having braved one of the iciest mornings of NYFW yet.

Felipe Oliveira Baptista’s Fall 2015 collection for Lacoste did more than just hint at a tribute to the Wes Anderson masterpiece, and it while it wasn’t his most groundbreaking moment - “Why would a reviewer make the point of saying someone's not a genius?” - it simply worked beautifully. The Royal Tenenbaums-inspired leisurewear veered predictably towards that quirky ‘70s aesthetic, only with more of a sense of humor than usual.

That infamous cherry-red tracksuit was appropriated as Lacoste’s own, with the addition of the words “René Did It First” slapped brazenly across the front. Worn by a carefully selected male model with a headful of dark curls escaping his headband, the visual took you down a rabbit hole of re-imagining Chas Tenenbaum, but as interpreted by a cheekbone-heavy male model channeling Ben Stiller, walking down a runway… but wait, wasn’t that a different movie?

Vintage-inspired athletica reigned supreme as one might guess, but it was the more costume-like additions, such as Margot’s teddy bear coat over a rainbow of leisure suits, worn by male and female models alike, that kept things interesting. Bloggers rejoice, for once again we saw coats with sneaky underarm openings to allow limbs escape from sleeves, all the better to for exposing the rainbow of colors worn below.

Julia Nobis returned to Baptista’s runway, her look suggesting a casual game of tennis. The collection was styled to do Richie Tenenbaum proud, with excellent easy-to-wear tan suiting over baby blue polo shirts, their bright red collars sliced with navy blue stripes (and matching headbands, of course).

However, the collection was more than just ‘70s activewear and Wes Andersen characters reincarnate. Interspersed were strong, slick pieces that translated the gag to something more modern. The third look: a long column of navy matching layers struck with unpredictable bright red squares and all the right leading lines. A deep sea-green dress with a light jacket attachment thrown back off her shoulders, dancing from her spine as she walked. Tailored girly looks, grey on grey, flowing coats zippered at their splits, pleated skirts on collared dresses that perfectly united timeless French chic with notions of athletica.

The overall result: cult classic inspiration seamlessly married with a classic brand. And if you didn’t read this in the soothing, narrative voice of Alec Baldwin, you really missed an opportunity.
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