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At Hyères, Everyone’s a Winner


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 “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” »

Shop The Look: Stripes


No matter the season, stripes are always on trend. Breton T-shirts and sailor stripe dresses have become warm-weather staples, but now designers like Markus Lupfer and Stella McCartney are offering fresh takes on the classic pattern. From sunglasses to smoking slippers, we’ve rounded up seven striped essentials to set your wardrobe back in line, just in time for summer.

1. Ralph Lauren sunglasses, $309, available at
2. Stella McCartney Falabella striped tote, $1,149, available at
3. Band of Outsiders pocket-detailed jersey T-shirt, $235, available at
4. Markus Lupfer Charlotte striped dress, $270, available at
5. Lacoste Goa watch, $95, available at
6. Citizens of Humanity Charlie super flare, $218, available at
7. Charles Philip Shanghai St. Tropez smoking slipper, $135, available at

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Photos: Courtesy Photos


A Match Made In Needlepoint


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.

Photo: Courtesy of Lacoste

Malandrino’s Match Point


Ooh la la, I was such a little girl that I can’t remember my first Lacoste piece,” Catherine Malandrino told 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.

Photo: Andrew Fitzsimons / Patrick McMullan

Piqued Interest


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

Photo: Courtesy of Marchon