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Sneak Peek Lacoste Spring 2009 Collection

Hello-hello again, and welcome to the wackiness that is Fashion Week done long-distance, Princess style!

We start with Saturday’s Lacoste show, one of the first in the whole week-long extravaganza in New York. Front and center was an obviously despondent Andy Roddick, fresh off his loss to Novak Djokovic at the on-again, off-again US Open, accompanied by girlfriend Brooklyn Decker.

Lacoste actually showed three distinctly different looks within the collection, starting off with their Club group, the company’s more upscale line. The pieces were lush and lovely, in natural tones of ecru, eggshell, taupe, brown and light, peachy rose colors.

The pieces seemed so lightweight and sheer, almost floating about the body while also exuding the brand’s timeless appeal.

The men’s pieces also hold an air of understated elegance, of old school friends gathered over lunch at a private club…

… or a friend’s weekend retreat in Palm Beach, all of the help dismissed for the day, the host and hostess handling serving duties with ease.

One can almost channel Jay Gatsby searching for Daisy through a few of the looks, all easy elegance with a hint of that careless, thrown-together appeal achieved only with classic elements such as these.

Contrast this with the Sunset collection that was next on the runway. This is Lacoste’s sportier, more casual line.

Bright and sunny, the sportier group had a more youthful look and feel, with intense shades of yellow and orange that just popped! The group carried an air of whimsy and relaxation, reminiscent of unhurried days at the shore.

And then we had the final group, a new line targeted at a younger, edgier demo, done in bright jewel tones that radiated vibrancy and excitement.

Much of what we saw in this group triggered memories of the swinging 60s, ‘mod’ and ‘groovy’ clothes worn by even hipper people. Indeed.

It could be the women’s hats…

Or the bold, almost blinding patterns on some pieces…

But we started to feel like Mod Squad might start on TV at any minute! This was not a negative, quite the contrary, it brought a fun, retro feel to the last group.

Some of the neon colors could also inflict temporary blindness and these vivid tones were not just for women in the Lacoste vision, the men shone just as brightly as the women.

The classic look of black and white was repeated throughout, a reminder of its timeless appeal.

The accessories were as important as the apparel pieces.

With shoes providing new takes on older looks….

And sandals that surely must glow in the dark seen below!

Creative Director Christopher Lemaire appeared pleased when he came out for his bow at the end of the show. We close with a few photos from backstage.

It seems the preppy brand has an exciting Collection ready to go, and now all devotees of the label have to do is wait. (Hurry springtime…hurry!)

Photo Credits: Reuters/Joshua Lott

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Lacoste: 75 Years of Preppy Love, J Crew’s Man Love, & The Princess Loves Tag

AThe Princess feels compelled to point out that Lilly Pulitzer isn’t the only ‘preppy’ brand celebrating an Anniversary, although we have spent a bit of time remarking upon that topic. Now however, we turn our attention to another iconic brand marking an important milestone, Lacoste, celebrating its 75th year. And the company wants you involved in the party!

Lacoste 75th Anniversary

The ‘Lacoste Future Site’ is fancy, flashy and lots of fun if that is your sort of thing. “For Lacoste’s 75th Anniversary Imagine 75 Years From Now in 2085” is the opening request, followed by some fairly futuristic tennis! With other slogans like “Let’s Reinvent the Game” and “Lacoste – As You’ve Never Seen It,” this is a site that is highly interactive, asking you to suggest ways to complete slogans, helping you send Lacoste video email to friends and more. It also offers great ‘wallpaper’ for your desktop, screensavers, and a futuristic video, all done with awesome animation that is amazing to watch and worth at least a nano-second of your time. Perhaps the image below gives you a sense of the site’s look.

Lacoste 75th Anniversary ScreenGrab

This may come as quite a surprise (um…not exactly), but there is a substantial amount of merchandise commemorating the Anniversary that you can actually purchase. Let’s take a peek. First, we offer the 75th Anniversary Retro Fit Polo at Nordstrom in what we would call a classic and understated white (or black) with the logo embroidered in discreetly matching thread. Well, almost that, but unfortunately not totally that, as evidently the Lacoste Crocodile has been put on a Barry Bonds steroid regimen remarkably healthy diet; it is now enormous. Gigantic. This is probably why it is referred to as the ‘Exploded Croc.’ There is also the Essential 75th Anniversary Eau de Toilette available at Bloomingdale’s for that special someone.

Lacoste \'75th Anniversary\' Retro Fit Piqué Polo at Nordstrom Bloomingdale\'s Lacoste Essential 75th Anniversary Eau de Toilette

Of course, when The Princess thinks 75th Anniversary, we always think stretch pique, don’t you? (Bad Princess, very bad.) This is the 75th Anniversary Button-Front Stretch Piqué Halter Dress followed by the 75th Anniversary Pique Polo, both available directly from Lacoste.

Lacoste 75th Anniversary Halter DressShort Sleeve 75th Anniversary Band Collar Piqué Polo W/Tipping

Perhaps a little zippier in style are the two versions of the 75th Anniversary Sneaker, one seen below courtesy of myairshoes.com.

lacoste 75th anniversary sneaker #1

Lacoste Vintage Look Banner

In other Lacoste news, there is no way we can leave this topic without sharing at least a few photos of the 2008 Lacoste Fall/Winter lines, as some of the pieces are just stunning and TP would love to have them on hand to snuggle into when the snow starts flying!

Lacoste Men\'s 2008 Winter Collection

Lacoste Women\'s 2008 Line

Moving beyond all of today’s Lacoste updates, let’s talk about positive news from J Crew: word they will open not just a second men’s-only store, but they are scouting locations for a third standalone men’s shop. We have mentioned previously the planned opening of the Tribeca men’s J Crew now under construction in The Liquor Building, a fabulous location for this sort of endeavor, albeit a tad on the smallish side. The company will add a second Men’s store next to an existing mall-based store in New Jersey, and they are actively looking for their next site.

Also this evening, The Princess has been “tagged,” in this case by a friend who has already guided us through some potholes here at the Prepatorium, that brilliant babe who is plugged in to what is goin’ on in the heart of the City, Fashion Herald. (Actually, the tag was Sunday evening, so the following was composed yesterday and posted this evening.) The ‘tag’ is to answer six questions about myself:

(Post rules at the beginning of the post. Answer all the questions. Tag 6 people, go to their blog and leave a comment to inform them that they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answers.)

1. What were you doing ten years ago?
Saying over and over and over again: “It’s not the heat, it’s the stupidity.”

2. What are five things on your to-do list today?
• Read all of the Sunday papers. (Not done as of 11pm.)
• Do the mega walk. (Not done)
• Call Mother. (Done. Twice.)
• Attend Graduation galas. (Done.)
• Serve dinner at homeless Mission. (Done.)

3. Snacks you enjoy?
Chocolate, carrots & celery. (Not all at the same time.)

4. Places you’ve lived:
Michigan, Denver, Oklahoma City, Missouri, Oregon.

5. What are 5 things you would do if you were a billionaire?

  1. Ummm…. not to be totally tasteless here, but if we are speaking about having only one billion, then I guess the first thing might be to call the financial people and ask what happened to the rest of my inheritance.
  2. Purchase the City of Chicago and if that is not possible, acquire a meaningful suburban community. Following appropriate transfer of deeds and other dreary paperwork, rename the area ‘Prepoplis,’ and get in touch with Lilly to commence planning the Earth’s first completely pink and green habitat.
  3. Build an Olympic size ice rink in the back yard.
  4. Buy a professional baseball team.
  5. Honestly? Of course it would be to do the philanthropy and volunteer thing full-time.

And in the “Just Because We Can” category this evening, we wanted to let you know The Princess has found a very stylish time waster that you simply must visit: ColorFlip. A colossally useless endeavor in many ways, but one we felt you might enjoy on some level, so there you have it. Happies to all!

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