So, officially Lacoste’s new tagline is “Life is a Beautiful Sport,” but on Lacoste’s Twitter feed it appears to be “2014 is Beautiful, or even “Live Beautifully.” Those are all very different things. See the tweet below:
As part of its 80th anniversary celebration, Lacoste is unveiling a unique “cubist” brand show in Manila. It will be on display at the Shangri-La Plazas East Atrium from January 10-12 and January 14-16, 2014. According to Business World Weekender, the display consists of three cubes containing photos and artifacts from the company’s history:
The first cube showcases the iconic polo shirt, with a carefully curated collection of polos over the years, including the Holiday Collector’s Series, where each year since 2006, the brand features guest artists to reimagine the classic polo. A film loop tell the story of the iconic L.12.12 polo shirt, the brand’s evolution through the decades, and the Polo of the Future.
The second cube contains a cabinet of Crocodile Curiosities: the various shapes and sizes, colors and contexts that the Lacoste crocodile logo has adopted and adapted to over the decades during its natural evolution.
The third cube houses a collection of images from the brand archives with film clips of current Creative Director Felipe Oliveira Baptista and Design Director Christophe Pillet. Outside the cube, a window showcases tennis dresses from the 1970s when the brand started seriously producing women’s sportswear.
I’m hoping the display comes to California some time, so I can see it, myself.
The New York Post has a great gallery from the Lacoste Spring 2014 fashion show. You can see it here. My feelings are pretty mixed about the 2014 line, but I will cover that in more detail later. For now, I will just note that The Examiner called the Spring 2014 line “Sheer delights from Lacoste,” which is play on the number of sheer fabrics used. As the examiner noted:
Portuguese Baptista does French founder René Lacoste’s legacy justice in this collection which offers up feminine creations featuring sheer, gossamer like paneling with opaque sections to preserve modesty in everything from suits to tunic dresses.
The Lacoste Spring 2014 color palette has its favorites such as blush pink, peach, peacock blue, beige, cinnamon brown, hunter green and white.
Sadly, I don’t think the average person is going to be wearing these unless they get a lot less sheer.
Lacosted attended the latest FashionTech meet up up John Colins in San Francisco yesterday. It was called “Fashionably First Wednesday: Industry Mixer with Google Places.” You can see the details here.