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Lacoste Fall 2012: Alpine Fresh

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The Scene: It was snowing in NYC when we woke up this morning, and the same was true inside Lacoste's Lincoln Center venue. Clear tanks of faux, flurrying snow lined the center of the runway in a charming display. This season, the brand's artistic director Felipe Oliveira Baptista took inspiration from the uniforms his fashion house had created for France's national ski team in 1966—hence the winter wonderland motif.

The Soundtrack: Throughout the show, the famous five-note sequence from Close Encounters of the Third Kind played over a thumping dance beat, accented by the occasional hit of cowbell. Christopher Walken would approve.

The Look: Sharp, sporty ski wear in a Gallic palette of red and blue. There were tons of tuxedo-striped leggings, often worn beneath quilted leather vests and rugby-style dresses with hoods that unzipped into folding collars. Ribbed turtlenecks and wraparound sunglasses further communicated the alpine theme, as did the oversized parkas. And in a cool twist, many dresses' sleeves could be unzipped all the way to the shoulder, resulting in a cape-like effect.

Pieces We Want: The section of red, white and blue trompe l'oeil tweed looks was a definite highlight. Each model even carried a matching clutch covered in the print.

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