As Lacoste describes it is a “collection designed for elegance and performance, leisure and play: pieces that offer perfect ease and athletic style.”
Fusalp, the French fashion house, owned since 2013 by Lacoste heirs Sophie and Phillipe Lacoste, is collaborating with the equally venerable Chloe on a ski wear collection. Fusalp has already been dubbed one of the “seven chicest skiwear brands” by L’Officiel and this collaboration can only add to their reputation. Here’s more detail, courtesy of WWD:
Chloé and Fusalp have teamed on a skiwear capsule collection, with co-branded technical outerwear, knitwear and accessories designed with an eye to the slopes as well as urban settings.
It’s the first time the two French labels, both founded in the early Fifties, have worked together. The collection will be sold on Net-a-porter first, and then, starting in November, on the web sites of both brands.
The pieces on offer include a quilted puffer jacket, high-waisted flared pants, a branded helmet and a ski suit.
Backed by a group of “high-profile, French investors,” Fusalp has grown to fifty stores, and claims its 2020 sales will be thirty million Euros.
More coverage of the collaboration can be found at MFFashion who report that the line includes “padded jackets, coats, shoes, tight pants, ski suits and thick sweaters.” Additional coverage can be found at Numero, and at Madame Figaro who write that Fusalp’s competition jackets are at the “cutting edge of the genre.”
Here’s Lacoste’s description of their Autumn/Winter Fashion Show:
Held at the Tennis Club de Paris, the Lacoste Autumn Winter 2020 runway show is the third act in creative director Louise Trotter’s intimate dialogue with the bold spirit of René Lacoste. A powerhouse on and off the tennis court, René’s unrelenting thirst for excellence, his dedication and verve was matched by none other than his wife Simone Thion de la Chaume – herself a champion golfer. Together, they reflected the very definition of a sporting power couple. Today Louise Trotter celebrates the harmonies in their contrasts, and the beautiful ricochet of references between her sport and his. By applying modern technology to the sartorial aplomb of a century ago, a fresh sense of sportif style rises to the fore. Future classics are imbued with the timeless élan of Lacoste’s French heritage.
Designed for elegance and performance – at leisure or play – the collection exudes a consummate and athletic ease. Lacoste green and navy are joined by clay court browns, spearmint, sky blue, candy pink, orange, lemon and tan, in a lively palette that recalls our collective memories of weekend tournaments, friendly matches, and the off-duty uniforms of the sporting elite. Comfort and ease is the luxury of today: bringing the focus closer to the body, sports blazers and trousers are tailored in technical jersey and shell knits and brushed pullovers play with the structures and scale of Prince de Galles, houndstooth and Vichy checks. Pulled from the lexicon of French pop culture, the Lacoste crocodile peeks out from jacket linings and a pastel all-over print, as tennis skirts in Japanese jersey are worn with racket and club print silk blouses, and boxy polo styles feature chunky knit collars, contrast plackets and leather trims.
Protective outerwear is revisited – the trench, duffel, car coat and hooded vareuse anorak are finished in sleek pairings of bonded jersey neoprene, soft alpaca or checked double face piped with leather, thermal topstitching, or archive ‘framis’ taping. Straight from the 1980s, the original T-Clip sneaker is updated in contrast pastel shades, whilst brogued golf lanyards and caddy bags are a tongue-incheek nod to Simone Lacoste’s lifelong talent.
Designed by René Lacoste, the original L1212 polo is elevated in a double-knit mercerized cotton. Premiering at the Autumn Winter 2020 fashion show, it is featured in a fly poster campaign at the Tennis Club de Paris worn by the season’s runway cast and photographed by Quentin De Briey.
Set-up design / OBO Hair / Gary Gill
Makeup / Lauren Parsons
Music / Frédéric Sanchez
Casting / Piergiorgio Del Moro
The chipboard used as a canvas for the show will be donated to La Réserve des Arts, a French association that sources used materials to give them a second life. The benches will be re-used during upcoming Lacoste events.
Note: Worried that the Lacoste sneaker you bought is fake? Check out my post on detecting counterfeit Lacoste sneakers.
The Lacoste Carnaby Evo Sneaker is my new favorite shoe. First released in the 1980s, and recently re-released, it is comfortable as hell, but also works well as a complement to any outfit from jeans and a t-shirt to a suit.
As Lacoste put’s it, its “elegant leather uppers and a simple lace-up silhouette inspire the premium aesthetic of this archive shoe. A stylish leather collar and top tongue further enhance the heritage look. Meanwhile, mesh linings add sport-inspired detailing to the design. Durable rubber outsoles ensure comfort and feature tennis-influenced tread finishes. Green crocodile branding completes the look with signature flair.”
The shoe has the following features:
- Leather uppers
- Rubber outsole
- Textile lining
- Classic embroidered green crocodile branding at the quarter
- Mesh linings for comfort and breathability
Available in either black or navy from Lacoste.
Lacoste is running an semi-annual sale that has thirty to sixty percent savings on selected items with free shipping. Check it out below: