Match, Set, Point

Match, Set, Point

You know the deal by now that during shows, the blog unexpectedly slows to a terrible grinding halt because inevitably I'll be pounding out the posts on the shows later on in the season.  Another reason to account for blog absence though is the lingering distraction of the US Open, what with New York fashion week shifting a few days earlier and rain delays extending the tournament a little bit longer.  I'm an incongruous mess.  I have the fitness of an overweight hamster but at the same time, watch tennis matches with a voracious appetite, obsessively reading up comments on sports news sites that weigh up the merits of Rafa, Fed, Djok and with a bit of patriotic spirit, Murray.  

Therefore I'm glad to report that fashion and tennis have come together on more than one occasion at New York Fashion Week thus far, somewhat justifying my sideline obsession with checking up scores, reports and stats.  Alright, so a tennis-themed Lacoste collection is nothing out of the ordinary given that the brand's founder Ren√© Lacoste came up with the famed croc-emblazoned poloshirt.  It's a mind bogglingly obvious theme although previous creative director Christopher Lemaire and more recently, Felipe Oliveira Baptista are careful not to over-riff off the brand's tennis heritage for fear of overkill.  Baptista takes on tennis heads on though for this S/S 13 collection by injecting wit and humour and drawing from literal tennis iconography for what I thought was a really peppy/preppy outing for the fairly new creative director.  Prints tessellate with tennis balls, locker doors and umpire chairs as well as folded up Lacoste shirts create geometric harmony that really worked.  Bum bags incorporated into trousers, creating a relaxed slouch at the hips weirdly clicked with me (namely because they'd faciliate a bag-free life).  Smoky and frosted latex worked into well-cut polo shirts and flyaway raincoats and croc-embossed leather pieces added a textural contrast to what was mainly a print-focused collection.  If Wimbledon comes a-calling next year, an all-over print ensemble from this collection would be just the ticket to a) making journalists from the Sun/Mirror/Daily Mail chortle and b) injecting a much welcome dose of pop into the sport.














Where tennis was thrusted in your face at Lacoste with flying balls, at Rachel Antonoff's presentation, the attitude to the game was far gentler.  The seeting was a genteel country club, inspired by the 1977 documentary Powers of Ten, which opens with a shot of a couple pinicking before being zoomed out to a times ten scale.  It's an interesting idea that Antonoff has picked up on, whose collections normally hone in on an ultra specific narrative, underscored by her thematic presentations.  The idea that the world is bigger than what we see is illustrated by the prints where you see an birds eye view of Versailles where the gardens become a grid like pattern.  Zoom back down to earth and the Antonoff girl is enjoying pastimes of yesteryear with a spot of wooden-racket tennis playing, a picnic (which we got to enjoy too thanks to the PBJ sarnies and pink lemonade) and lonesome tree carving.  It ends with a wedding cake that sees the girl marrying herself, a strong sentiment that makes many a girl swoon for Antonoff's clothes.  Girls creator/star Lena Dunham was there as a primary representative of Antonoff's fanbase, wearing the new G.H. Bass shoe collaboration well.    





















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  1. Serdane

    2012-09-10 at 4:46 PM

    Just lovely ! I adore the nails of the collection presentation. And don’t worry we understand about your absence.

  2. Elisa

    2012-09-10 at 4:58 PM

    Tennis seems to generate great style inspiration for designers, with loose yet feminine shapes, and aura of ease and quiet confidence that I am particularly fond of. I love that Lacoste have mixed these timeless, sports-infused shapes with vibrant prints. The re-worked striped at Rachel Antonoff are equally outstanding, both wearable and inspirational.
    Elisa – Wandering Minds fashion

  3. Liz

    2012-09-10 at 5:09 PM

    love the designs


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  5. Eryn

    2012-09-10 at 5:38 PM

    I especially love Rachel Antonoff’s collestion. The shapes of these clothes are adorable, but the patterns are really phenomenal as well. And the shoes!!

  6. LA

    2012-09-10 at 5:46 PM

    The shows mean nothing but dedication so of course your absence is not a worry – The imagery is great Susie, those intricate prints are just so cutesy.

  7. Tara

    2012-09-10 at 6:27 PM

    Like you, I love tennis and fashion in equal measure. So this collection is, “right up my street” – or, maybe,”right up my court”!
    I love the little tennis racket detailing on the dresses at Lacoste and the practicality – and sugary-sweetness – at Rachel Antonoff’s show makes me ever so envious of all those who had the opportunity to attend.
    Best Wishes,

  8. Andrea

    2012-09-10 at 6:34 PM

    You know, as much as I love your blog, I think half the reason I follow is because it really feels like being up close and personal at these shows. Not to mention that I love your style.

  9. Imperfect Girl

    2012-09-10 at 6:38 PM

    Gorgeous prints, I’d try them… but well, I’m always afraid that this excludes jewelry in total way!

  10. Peter

    2012-09-10 at 9:51 PM

    i had no idea lacoste had something so sophisticated and accessible up their sleeve. i think lacoste, i think me: 9th grade, kelly green and pink double lacoste polos… collars popped.
    and THANK YOU for the picture of Yuri Pleskun, my fave male model of all time 😀

  11. Beckerman girls

    2012-09-11 at 12:01 AM

    Love all these shoes with the name!!! Soooooo beautiful and sooo special!
    They loook so vintage and 20’s inspired.. totally wicked!!!!! Love ya Susie! Wish we could have bumped in to you at the shows! We were only in NY for two days! waaaah!
    x Beckerman Girls

  12. The Provoker

    2012-09-11 at 2:59 AM

    Fab shots Sue. Tennis is by far prob the only sport I don’t exactly suck in, then again, I’m not exactly that good in it either so you can see how nonathletic I am. I’m feeling the tennis themed clothes though, especially the black plastic polo over the tank, I find that SO provoking because I’m bound to sweat in plastic and when that happens, sweat beads start to form within the plastic. People will look at me and be like what is that, I’d just reply it’s a new Christopher Kane fabric where liquid is not just oil, it’s sweat #FW13-4! lol
    xx Nathan

  13. Noe Farrell

    2012-09-11 at 8:58 AM

    This is wow! I love everything in your collection; looks so charming, cool and striking! Those closed see-through shoe looks unique, I love tennis and the decency there all sounds tremendous! You really chose adorable and delectable prototypes that fall under my scheme and taste! Thanks a lot for sharing and would like to know where those shoes came from. looks very comfortable and brilliant!

  14. Rigoberto McClure

    2012-09-11 at 9:27 AM

    These collections are all good especially the shoes very unique. I love polished nails and those in those pictures were one of a kind very unique and pretty, l loved them.

  15. Rosemary Schmidt

    2012-09-11 at 9:30 AM

    For those who love crazy and unique things like me then this is the sit they shouldn’t miss. The collections are one of a kind and very unique and pretty as well.

  16. Elvis Trujillo

    2012-09-11 at 9:50 AM

    How nice! What can I say? Those designs are the clear definition of fashion.

  17. Sari Purdy

    2012-09-11 at 9:55 AM

    The whole collection is just but wow!

  18. Suzi

    2012-09-11 at 11:18 AM

    Fab post. Love lacoste.
    Suzi x

  19. Nancy Light

    2012-09-11 at 4:45 PM

    well, this is what i call the FUN collection! a perfect melange of sports, fun and life!! Plus i really like the text printing on shoes, don’t you think they look totally cute, plus a best way to print your lover’s name and gift 😉

  20. RZA

    2012-09-11 at 10:07 PM


  21. adama

    2012-09-12 at 2:38 PM

    Brilliantly painted nails. I really like them. Write what you used nail polish colors? Do you know the brand Yves Rocher?

  22. Mira

    2012-09-14 at 9:36 AM

    Very cute collection 😀

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