Felipe Oliveira Baptista has been setlling in nicely at Lacoste, turning out collections that are convincing in their balance between sportswear and high octane clothing. His own label equally has benefited from the kind of ease that perhaps has infiltrated his aesthetic since working for the French brand. His latest collection was inspired by hip hop and graffiti but instead of mining that music genre with a literal path, Baptista smartly chose to distill the oversized proportions and the bright colours of graffiti art into precisely cut leather separates, segueing into cut-out dresses with panels of graphic colour blocking. Baptista cleverly turned camouflage into a distinctive print that resembled a leaf pattern or crazy tiling. When enlarged on a leather sweatshirt and matching tracksuit bottoms in cobalt, black and white, the collection was definitely cemented as one of Baptista's most concise and precise to date. Baptista has always had a penchant for interesting detailing but by paring down, relaxing the shapes in line with his hip hop influences and injecting a smart use of colour and print, he said a lot without doing too much.
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