In recent seasons New York has become the capital of sports luxe, drawing on the city's chic casual wear heritage and repackaging the look with an edgy downtown vibe for a new generation. That sensibility makes it the perfect platform for Felipe Oliviera Baptista's collection for Lacoste.
This season's outing was a more sensual, softer affair than winter's blown up silhouettes and darkly dangerous palettes. Some of the most successful looks blended sports with sleepwear, adding pyjama detailing and piping to lounge coats and jackets to add a sense of refined slovenliness.
A sophisticated and feminine colour scheme of petrol, powder blue and terracotta was explored in starch cotton piqué and sheer panels, offering some seriously sexy ensembles- a cropped top with matching skin-clinging midi skirt and a navy blue minidress were amongst the best. Also alluring was a backless halter dress - part polo part maxi.
Grazia's Katherine Ormerod with Lacoste girls, Hanneli Mustaparta and Leigh Lezark [Grazia_Live]
The designer has become known for his use of unexpected prints- last time around inspiration was taken from the Arctic while this season's stairways into the sky and modernist, geometric motifs added a lightness to sweaters and PVC raincoats. Talking of synthetics, Oliviera Baptista's also sent out plenty of 90's era Prada-esque nylon - a blue matching dress and coat looked totally convincing as did the cool sneakers which replaced heels.
Tennis whites inevitably loom large over every Lacoste collection this season's reworking of the tennis dress was particularly appealing - the two piece, layered dress came complete with a flippy skater skirt and Wimbledon green piping. All in all a considered, feminine and wearable collection- the croc's definitely got its cool back.