24 posts tagged "Lacoste"
Jonathan Adler has been a Lacoste lover all his life, so when the label knocked on his door, he jumped at the opportunity. “I was literally like a kid who hears the ice cream truck,” the interiors guru said. Adler grew up wearing Lacoste polos and Levi’s cords in every color and, in a self-described “bizarre case of arrested development,” he’s stuck to his childhood uniform. To celebrate his designs for the 2011 edition of the label’s annual holiday collector’s series (previous collaborators have included Tom Dixon and Brazil’s Campana brothers), the French brand staged a bash on Friday night at Paris’ Petit Palais after a long hot day of menswear shows. The Palais is, incidentally, one of the only places in town—the other being Bercy, the indoor sports arena—where you can stage a noisy fête without a permit. This evening’s decibels were provided by French electro singer Yelle and her Safari Disco Club band mates. Adler’s husband, Simon Doonan, and his mom were seen pogoing at the front of the stage into the wee hours.
As for the collaboration, Adler thought immediately of needlepoint, one of his favorite mediums. “That’s because to me needlepoint is a kind of country club chic thing and that’s what Lacoste is as well,” he explained. There are three polos for the series: The Special Edition gives the croc a needlepoint look in a puff print. The Limited Edition (there’s 1,212 each for men and women) is a tweaked version of the Lacoste 12.12 style, featuring a hand-stitched croc that comes packaged in a bargello embroidered tennis racket cover. Then there’s the Super Limited Edition. At press time, all the Lacoste team in Paris had to show was a grainy blow-up of Gisele, a nun in an undisclosed convent located somewhere near the French town of Lyons. She appeared to be hard at work at her needles. “We had a hard time finding anyone to needlepoint for us in France,” Lacoste’s John Storey said. The convent has taken on the task of stitching 12 allover needlepoint polos, and since each one takes 400 hours to complete (and because the nuns’ days are dictated by a heavy schedule of prayer), they are running a bit late on delivery. But Adler does have the packaging (large croc-shape boxes in his signature white ceramic and brass) all ready. “The Super Limited Edition is for lunatics. And there are lot of them around,” he laughed.
“Ooh la la, I was such a little girl that I can’t remember my first Lacoste piece,” Catherine Malandrino told Style.com last night, at the Mondrian Soho for a party celebrating her capsule range for the storied French brand. “It was probably a little white polo, but I have been growing up with Lacoste—my grandfather, my father, everyone, it’s really part of my family.” And maybe it was the family connection that helped her create a 12-piece collection for the label, one chic enough to bounce from the tennis court to a garden party. Malandrino (left, with Paper Magazine’s Mickey Boardman and Luigi Tadini) seems more fit for the latter, but admitted she’s game for sports as well. “I am a very active girl; I do winter skiing and all of this, but in a very effortless way and never trying too hard,” she said. It might be a little tricky to win a match wearing the maxi polo dress she had on, but she’d certainly look good trying.
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.
Sportswear From An Oscar Winner, Sunday In The Park With Isaac, Dree And The Best-Dressed Catwalkers Of 2010, And More…
Bend it like… Swank? Hilary Swank is apparently the latest silver screener to get in on the celebrity-design game: She’s developing her own line of sporty activewear. [WWD]
Spend it like… Mizrahi? Isaac takes The New York Times through his Sunday ritual, which includes a morning swim, a midday dog walk, and plenty of HBO before bed. [NYT]
Hem it like… Hemingway? Modelinia walks us through its top ten best-dressed models of 2010, from stalwart veterans like Kate and Natalia to insurgent newcomers like Dree Hemingway (left) and Elisa Sednaoui. [Modelinia]
Bienvenue to Lemaire: WWD checks in with former Lacoste designer Christophe Lemaire, whose first collection for Hermès debuts in March. With all due respect to his predecessor, Jean Paul Gaultier, and his “virtuosity,” Lemaire says his own vision for Hermès will be closer to that of Martin Margiela, who helmed the house from 1998 to 2003. [WWD]
And au revoir to Robin Givhan-at The Washington Post, at least. The paper’s longtime fashion critic, who’s headed to Newsweek and The Daily Beast, signs off with an impassioned defense of fashion and its permanent place in the Beltway. [Washington Post]
Could a Macy’s collab inspire mass euphoria à la H&M? That seems to be the hope as the retailer announces a partnership with former Versace and Calvin Klein designer Kinder Aggugini today, the first of many fashion-forward partnerships to come. Call it the start of a Kinder, chic-er Macy’s. [NYT]
An early look at Jennifer Lopez’s much-touted Gucci ad—the one starring her toddler twins—appeared today, with all parties looking appropriately glamorous and adorable, depending. Let’s see how long Max can keep pureed peas off of his logo polo. [Us Weekly]
After a multi-day spending spree, Diego Della Valle scooped up 30.7 million shares of Saks stock, making him the majority stakeholder. Shall we expect more Tod’s at a certain department store, then? [WWD]
Today’s best leak: Daphne Guinness has a faulty bath. [NY Post]
Need some polos with your jeans? Come March, Lacoste will sell co-branded apparel at Earnest Sewn boutiques, and vice versa. Look for alligators on your back pockets. [WWD]
What Palin effect? Opinion is divided over whether pantsuits or “rump-hugging skirts” best serve women in politics. We nominate Celine as the ideal campaign trail label, and ask that all politicians steer clear of rump-hugging anything. [NYT]
A dentist weighs in on Kanye’s new diamond smile. Consensus: It’ll cost him. [NY Daily News]