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Lacoste returns to catwalk to celebrate 85th anniversary

French label Lacoste celebrated its 85th anniversary and returned to Parisian catwalks after showing in New York for 14 years.

Lacoste's masculine looks featured an array of ultra-comfy long johns, sky blue cable-knit sweaters, baggy trousers and faded jeans in typical ’80s style. For women, the label alternated preppy outfits like the trousers-cardigan combo in cream-colored fabric trimmed with a navy blue stripe, and ruched summer dresses decorated with Lacoste’s signature motifs: the crocodile, tennis balls and sunglasses.

Centerstage, the Chassol trio played a punchy electro-jazz piece, the ideal band and sound to accompany a mix-and-match collection featuring jogging pants alongside chic little dresses, corset dresses worn with tennis sneakers and sport socks, and retro tracksuits combined with moccasins. Also, loose, colorful wind-breakers draped over navy blue dresses with gilded buttons, and classic blazers fashioned out of sweatshirt fleece. All of this in Lacoste's traditional colors: navy blue, green, red and white.

It was a blend of genres, from a very sophisticated preppy style to contemporary sportswear, first seen when Lacoste made its street wear debut in the 1980s and 90s.

In 1933, René Lacoste famously cut the sleeves of his white poplin shirt to make the first polo.