After his first collection for Lacoste received rather phenomenal reviews, Felipe Oliveira Baptista’s own line, shown yesterday in Paris, continued to explore the theme of practicality with a sexy undertone.
After riffing on dancewear last season, this season Baptista produced a symphony of zippers. The show kicked off with a white dress with brown zippers down the front, with plenty more swirling around the arms, begging to be opened. This was followed by a couple more well-behaved ensembles, such as a beige skirt suit with wide sleeves and a matching straight skirt, then a white a-line jacket and pencil skirt suitable for Emma Peel.
Slowly but surely, the collection began hinting towards sex; not boobs-'n’-bum sexy, but just a whiff of pure sex, like the designer had done for Lacoste: a zipper an inch too low, a small revealing patch of skin on the stomach or the back. Once the audience was eased into it, Cat Woman-like grey jumpsuits with black and gold zippers and body-con black silk suits with more zip-bling came marching down. The sporty element was even pushed a tad further by introducing white cycling shorts with yellow zippers and a matching, pocket-heavy jacket; one notably bold number consisted of a beige jumpsuit with red neck-to-crotch zippers, white pockets and dark brown sleeves--a color palette usually found on an ice cream cone.
Once France’s best kept fashion secret, Felipe is now in the big leagues.
**All photos via Imaxtree