René Lacoste turned up at tennis tournaments dressed almost as good as he played and it was from a bet on a crocodile skin suitcase that the famous Lacoste logo came about. This trend report is about the stylish ‘Public School’ look that came about as a result of Mr Lacoste’s personal style. Prepare yourself for a whole new type of playground mafia.
(Image Source: Marcio Madeira)
Clockwise from Bottom Left; Maison Martin Margiela £75, Prada £70, Comme Des Garcons £20, Junya Watanbe from Lacoste £435, Raf Simons
When Band of Outsiders put on their show for this season it boasted a range of looks based on a public school image. Striped ties, college scarfs, peacoats and polonecks were all part of the mix and despite its possible “Daddy- I Want Another Pony” connotations there were enough Wishlist-worthy items to put any flaws to the back of my mind. In particular, I liked the suede two-tone loafers for their undeniable vintage feel.
One way I plan to tackle this look is by mixing it with bold prints and sharp tailoring in the style of the brilliant Raf Simons. Polonecks in neon brights and patterned wool allowed for traditional blazers and an otherwise mediocre colour palette. Rag and Bone, a label seen as rather indie-inspired went for a collection so school inspired I almost pondered using a pencil case as an accessory. The label got full marks for styling and this managed to hide any lack within the collection itself.
This look is the most wearable of all the trends I have analysed. It can be channelled with simple items and is often mirrored in military style jackets and trousers. Go for buttons, stripes, scarves and retro multi-tone shirts.
Get your uniform and don’t be too cool for school. This might just be the one time in your life you are able to be Teacher’s Pet and Jack the Lad all at once.
By Will Reid | April 6th, 2008