Fashion weeks all over the world are in full swing and it was at last week’s New York Fashion Week that Lacoste revealed its space- and aviation-inspired AW 2017/18 collection.
Lacoste’s Creative Director Felipe Oliveira Baptista, whose father was a pilot, has designed a collection that draws parallels between the heroes of aviation and the pioneers of the space age. Where better to start for inspiration than the blend of imagination, fantasy and high technology found in an astronaut’s suit.
Garments feature multiple pockets, leather and cotton ribbing and knee and shoulder padding. Other details include patches of contrasting colours, variations of matte and shine and a mix of materials: leather, nylon, cotton, gabardine and tricotine, fleece and synthetic fur.
Baptista blends the aesthetics of conquest with the mythical codes of grunge and ‘90s streetwear. A new lease of life has been given to the large and small check brushed wool lumberjack shirt and oversized mohair cardigan, reminiscent of the style worn by 80s/90s singer-songwriter Kurt Cobain.
Lower half garments include very baggy and army-inspired trousers that trail to the ground but feature an elasticated waist.
Iridescent reproductions of space artist Ron Miller’s prints adorn items in the collection. Full moons, sunsets or Saturn collide with dull brown and slate colours that are lit up by metallic effects and sparks of aniseed, ochre orange and lilac.
Double-faced materials allow for modularity within reversible pieces, which can be worn in various ways. Bags, made from leather or cotton, can be worn lengthwise from the shoulder down, handheld or as a backpack.