Going into the spring 2019 season, Lacoste joined an exclusively small list of designer brands that don’t have a superstar creative director at the helm. This new spring collection comes after Oliveira Baptista and the French-Swiss label parted ways, ending one of the most bombastic tenures any sportswear brand has ever had the privilege to experience. As a result, this offering is a sort of palette cleanser—refreshing the iconic codes of the house before they’re altered again by a new creative director. The label’s usual signatures had a preppy yet streetwear sensibility, complete with high-waisted trousers and the brand’s signature collared shirts that were all made a tad oversized. Despite the street-style spin, however, there was still a lot more refinement here than in other brands. Still, this collection was nothing new and exciting, but it does open the door for whoever will be the next head designer of the retail giant to start with a clean slate.
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Photo: Craig McDean / Courtesy of Lacoste