Lacoste tells us “René did it first” with their retro Tenenbaum-inspired sportswear collection for fall

Join us to take a look at the Lacoste fall/winter 2015 presentation at New York Fashion Week.

We take a look backstage as the models prepare for the show and we speak to creative director Felipe Oliveira Baptista about the new season’s collection and his inspirations and influences.

For Baptista the collection is a ode to René Lacoste, the French tennis player and businessman who introduced the Lacoste tennis shirt in 1929 and co-founded the clothing company a few years later. He was inspired by René’s inventive spirit and style and coined the “René did it first” slogan plastered across numerous shirts, tracksuits and dresses in the collection.

He was also interested in mixing the aristocratic heritage with the tracksuit wearing youths he encountered when he first arrived in Paris in the 1990s, as well as exploring the comfort and innovation of sportswear. Powder blue, navy, red and tan colors all gave a retro feel while the vertical and slanted stripes and contemporary tailoring kept things modern.

There was also an obvious influence from the 2001 Wes Anderson movie The Royal Tenenbaums with the 70s style tennis dresses, tracksuits and headbands paired with long fur jackets creating playful hybrids and homages to the film character’s wardrobes, even a checkerboard look which could have been a nod to the movie’s dalmatian mice.
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