Lacoste: Futuristic Arctic
By Julien Sauvalle
Lacoste's Fall 2013 collection, presented at Fashion Week last Saturday, reminded us of a little-known fact: René Lacoste, founder of the brand and accomplished tennis player, was the first to introduce the polo shirt to the world. In 1933, he patented a new concept for a tennis shirt using piqué, a breathable and light-weight type of cotton, which became the wardrobe staple we know today.
This season was based on exploring this material and its variants. The young Creative Director of the brand came up with a range of piqué clothing inspired by polar expeditions. Featuring ice-cool colors and futuristic silhouettes, the collection was a sophisticated homage to 80 years of ground-breaking sportswear design under the alligator label.