Walking into the tent for Lacoste’s Spring 2014 collection was very pleasing to the eye! The entire runway and front row seating area was comprised up of white wire cubby-like sculptures that resembled the netting in a tennis racquet. This matched the backdrop of the runway. This set the tone for a collection that what was a very current, simple and sexy homage to the game and uniform of tennis. Designer Felipe Oliveira Baptista’s new collection for the iconic brand was to bring tennis wear to a new futuristic front. This was not your average 1930’s collection – no sir! If you can imagine what tennis pros such as Andy Murray and Maria Sharapova would wear in 2030, this collection would be it!
A color scheme inspried by Terra-cotta clay courts was a mainstay throughout the collection; along with navy, white, mint and gray tones. It was muted making for a very cool and breathable feel. Pleated tennis skirts, dropped waist dresses, and structured polo shirts allowed for the onlookers to feel as if they were gallivanting around Wimbledon. Flowing and airy fabric like cotton made a great contrast to the latex windbreakers and dusters. Knit sweaters for those cool summer evenings added a pleasing textural pop to the mostly light and sheer collection. Details like a futuristic linear pattern in pale mint and terra-cotta allowed for a 3D effect on the clothing. The accessories for women were sleek and simple. Fitted Baseball caps and over-sized clutches were a great addition to creating a fully finished ensemble.
Overall this was a very simple and classic collection for both men and women. I hope to see many wearing these looks next Spring! I happily look forward to seeing what Baptista’s Fall 2014 collection includes. Till next season…
xoxo Dara Senders – StyleSenders
photos by Emmie America