NEW YORK -- For fall/winter 2017, Lacoste shook up our expectations of sportswear with a collection inspired by the innovation of astronaut suits, mixed with a touch of '90s grunge.
This translated into baggy high-waisted trousers, iridescent ankle boots, sweaters and jackets splashed with scenes of outer space, as well as checkered lumberjack shirting and mohair cardigans reminscient of Kurt Cobain's style. Functionality also was key. Some pieces were reversible, thanks to double-faced materials, while others were equipped with multiple pockets.
But utility didn't trump style. Colorblocking done in unexpected shades (ochre orange and lilac, for instance) and finishing details such as leather or cotton ribbing infused the collection with modernity.
The homage to the Space Age was a reference to the fashion house's namesake Rene Lacoste, who went on to join the aircraft industry after his sporting career. He created Air Equipment, a company that contributed to the development of the Concorde and Airbus airliners. Current creative manager Felipe Oliveira Baptista also has an infinity for the skies because his father was a pilot.
FOR PITTSBURGH SHOPPERS: Find the latest from Lacoste in the brand's store in Ross Park Mall.