Runway Report: The Show Goes on at Lacoste and Jill Stuart

Game, set and match Nemo!

It was a full house Lacoste’s Fall 2013 runway show this morning, as New York’s finest braved the slushy aftermath of last night’s storm to catch the first look at Felipe Oliveira Baptista’s latest collection.  As if predicting this weekend’s weather, Baptista sent his model cast including Julia Nobis, Kati Nescher, Janice Alida, Bette Franke and Ruby Aldridge down the runway in luxe sportswear that was as tough as it was practical.  With prints of icebergs adorning voluminous tops and a selection of grey/white trousers, patent leather boots and Adirondack-style coats, one was immediately reminded of the snowy pileups just outside the tents.  Unlike the unpredictable weather, Baptista’s Fall offerings boasted a type of precision and structure not typically found in sports attire.  The focus remained on shoulders which were molded and left to envelope the body.  Blue, green and traffic-stopping orange were used sparingly in color block formations throughout, lending a youthful vibrancy to the otherwise minimalist designs.


Jill Stuart:

When a designer credits top model Stella Tennant as the inspiration for her Fall collection, you know you’re in for a treat!  This season, Jill Stuart took a page straight out of the chic Brit’s book, sending out an assortment of party-ready frocks and evening pant suits that were as lovely as their muse.  What the collection lacked in color— it was about 90% black— it made up for in complex fabrics and rich textures that ran the gambit of ribbed raffia, wool lace and gold foil trimming.  Keeping with the very feminine, Alex Chung-esque spirit of the collection,  Stuart kept her silhouettes simple and straight forward— think lots of fit-and-flare dresses— while making a statement with her peplum details, Victorian bow ties and floral prints.  As far as runway stars go, this season’s catwalk played host to a dozen top models including  show closer, Lindsey Wixson, Kel Markey and Julia Nobis among others.  Trust us, you don’t have to be a British aristocrat to fall in love these polished looks!

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