Lacoste, an iconic brand that’s practically the one reason athletic wear is in every modern man’s sartorial lexicon, has given us a sneak preview of its new spring/summer 2015 collection. To create the upcoming ready-to-wear and runway looks, artistic director Felipe Oliveira Baptista dug deep into the company’s archives for inspiration. As a result, many of next year’s pieces pay homage to Lacoste’s yachting and sailing traditions, from sports-ready polos fabrics to bags and accessories. Here are some of our favourite looks you’ll be able to shop when they drop mid-February.
Although you’ll see echoes of nautical inspiration throughout Lacoste’s upcoming collection, the brand’s tennis and golf roots still run deep when it comes to sportswear. These clothes—mostly traditional polos and T-shirts, but some light jackets, too—are actually meant to be worn during play and are made from modern-day technical fabrics that are both breathable and light. Given that, they have an unmistakable streetwear vibe that looks great on and off the courts. At least, that’s where you’ll see tennis pro Richard Gasquet wearing them.
Lacoste Live 2015
If classic Lacoste can be considered Chris Paul prep, Lacoste Live is Russell Westbrook loud. Aimed at a young, style-conscious crowd, 2015’s upcoming iteration makes use of creative patterns and vibrant colours. We saw a mix of T-shirts, polos and sweaters featuring Keith Haring-esque prints, polka dots and bold, mixed-fabric details on chest pockets and sleeve cuffs—all great for layering and guaranteed to give your warm weather wardrobe a shot of life.
The runway collections for both men and women were showcased earlier in September at New York Fashion Week. Polos and tees in the line feature details similar to those you’d find on yacht racing shirts, including side zippers and blown-up text. An emphasis on blockier silhouettes extends to outerwear pieces such as trench and rain coats, continuing a trend we’ve seen for men’s jackets this fall.
A pair of minimal sneaks is one of the easiest ways to up your shoe game. Of course, Lacoste’s new collection comes stocked with them. We found simple, heather grey canvas high-tops alongside the brand’s classic white sneaks, with some slip-ons thrown into the mix for good measure. All help create a solid foundation for practically any outfit. Oh, and you better believe you should be wearing them sans socks when summertime hits.
The brand’s hats come in a variety of flavours, from the flat-brim styles most ballers are used to traditional ballcaps. The former are particularly interesting, as they’re a streetwear style staple we’re not used to seeing from preppy Lacoste.
True to Lacoste tradition, the polo shirt for which the brand is known returns in a palette of bright colours. Respect.