Michael Stipe's Visionaire Lacoste Polo
By Seth Plattner
For the past three years Lacoste has invited a non-fashion designer to re-imagine its iconic polo, resulting in a piece that blends fashion with music, art, design -- pretty much everything that influences fashion in one way or another. For this year's collaboration, R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe took his queer talents to a shirt, producing a two tone photographic image that depicts a crowd at a stadium concert from the perspective of a performer on stage. How meta.
Stipe's shirt will appear in the Visionaire 54 Sport, a bound magazine book devoted to the most innovative and inspiring fashion and art imagery as part of the Visionaire bookzine series published three times a year. Stipe was one of the 12 influencers invited to participate in the special edition.
The shirt itself is available in three colors for men -- Ore, Palm Green and Mother of Pearl -- and will be sold in Lacoste stores worldwide, but, with only 12,000 shirts to be produced you'd better act quick.
For the rest of the shirts in this year's catalog -- including Karl Lagerfeld's -- click here.
-- SETH PLATTNER