May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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New York: The setting of a Moon scape at the Lacoste A/W 17 presentation provided somewhat of an inkling of the visual spectacle to come. Referencing the founder’s contribution to the aircraft industry and drawing comparisons to his own father’s aeronautical career, Felipe Oliveira Baptista, drew parallels between the heroes of aviation and the pioneers of the space age, presenting a modern, futuristic and thoughtful collection.
It began with the riff on an astronaut’s suit crafted in fine supple leather and from this point on, Baptista continued to blend imagination, fantasy and technology. Every item had been carefully manipulated and detailed, whether there were hidden pockets, multiple pockets, concealed closures or apparent openings, each silhouette bore acute finishing touches. The materials were mixed in contrasting finishes, from leather, waterproof nylon, wool and linen to fleece and synthetic fur.
But it was the overall appeal that bore excitement with the artistic blend of 90s streetwear and the futuristic elements of space. Modern classics were transformed in to ultra-functional outfits such as, baggy trousers, oversized coats, mohair sweaters and lumber jackets paired with baggy trousers or the mesmerizing knife-edge cut to a trenchcoat, paired with tech sneakers; all of which, complimented by the iridescent moonscapes by Ron Miller. This transformation of the right blend of comfort and functionality marked the “beginnings of a new kind of elegant luxury”- Lizzy Bowring.
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