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April 20 2014

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6 posts tagged "Felipe Oliveira Baptista"

Felipe Oliveira Baptista Goes on Hiatus

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Felipe Oliveira BaptistaAfter dropping off the Paris fashion week schedule last week, WWD reports that Felipe Oliveira Baptista may not return to the catwalk for several seasons—if ever. The ready-to-wear label announced that it is suspending production for an “undetermined period.” Baptista likely will direct much of his attention to Lacoste, where he serves as creative director, but also suggested that he and his wife, Séverine Oliveira Baptista (who is also the line’s cofounder), may “venture into another design or creative field” as well. “It’s the end of a chapter, not the book,” the designer said.

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Felipe Oliveira Baptista Cancels Fall Show

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Felipe Oliveira BaptistaFelipe Oliveira Baptista, who celebrated the tenth anniversary of his eponymous range last year, has reportedly canceled the Fall ’14 show for his namesake line, which was scheduled for February 26. According to WWD, the decision to skip the runway was made so Baptista could focus on Lacoste, where he has served as artistic director since 2010. As of now, Baptista has no plans to shutter his signature collection.

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At Hyères, Everyone’s a Winner

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For a budding designer, just being in the Hyères fashion and photography festival, which wrapped this weekend, is a win. Of 350 submissions, only ten fashion finalists make the cut. This year, one of the major talking points was whether judges should honor unbridled creativity or a designer’s ability to embrace reality. Lacoste’s Felipe Oliveira Baptista, who won the competition back in 2002 and served as the president of this year’s fashion jury, favors the former. “The clothes don’t have to be on the rack immediately,” he told Style.com. “But to be successful, a designer needs to show they’re thinking about the commercial side, so they really have to prove their creative flair.”

In the end, the15,000 euro Première Vision Grand Jury Prize went to Finnish designer Satu Maaranen for her Garment in Landscape collection, a poetic, freestyle exercise in hand-printed fabrics wrought with couture-inspired bows and elements of menswear. For example, on a much-noted jacket, the designer used glue to set the top portion with sand, silk-screened the rest neon pink, and looked to fishing trousers for the sleeve design. As part of her win, Maaranen will create a limited-edition T-shirt for another of the event’s sponsors, Petit Bateau. Continue Reading “At Hyères, Everyone’s a Winner” »

The New Chambre Maids (And Men), David Gandy: The Book, Fly The Standard Skies, And More…

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France’s Chambre Syndicale, the body that organizes Paris’ fashion shows, has announced its newest members and associates. Congrats to Azzaro, Carven, Damir Doma, Felipe Oliveira Baptista, Thimister, Véronique Leroy, and American (sometimes) in Paris Zac Posen. [WWD]

Dolce & Gabbana have found their ideal poster boy (literally) in David Gandy, who’s starred in many of the label’s menswear campaigns and runway shows. They’re now cementing their affection for the British-born model with a new book dedicated only to pictures of him—the first they’ve ever done focusing on a single model. [Vogue U.K.]

Next up for the Standard: its own airline. André Balazs’ do-no-wrong hotel group has launched its own mini plane service, StndAIR, offering flights to the Hamptons in a plane painted the Standard’s own cherry red. Here’s hoping for a liftoff from the Boom Boom. [W]

And Lindsay Lohan takes on her latest role: art star? The troubled actress gets in front of the lens for a short film—the first—by artist Richard Phillips, who’s no stranger to celebrity portraiture. [T]

Photo: stndair.com

Piqued Interest

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Change is in the air at Lacoste: In September, longtime creative director Christophe Lemaire showed his final collection for the house, and Portuguese designer Felipe Oliveira Baptista is gearing up to take the reins. In the world of eyewear, too, the sands are shifting. The label relaunches its sunglass range with a new collection—produced by Marchon, the optical giants who create shades for Fendi, Jil Sander, and Michael Kors, among others—that hits stores tomorrow. The specs draw on the French label’s heritage, including its most notable piece: the polo. In homage to the shirt René Lacoste made famous, several of the new sunglasses come in piqué styles—with, of course, a tiny croc to match.

Lacoste sunglasses, $120 to $180, are available tomorrow at select Lacoste locations; for more information, visit www.marchon.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Marchon