Lacoste artistic director Felipe Oliveira Baptista has a unique ability to tap into the French brand’s storied history – that of outfitting tennis stars and such – and reinventing it so as to feel not only modern, but relevant for today’s audience. For a label originally built on a single item (the tennis shirt), the breadth of Lacoste’s cultural universe is surprisingly dense. For spring 2017 at New York Fashion Week, Mr Oliveira Baptista offered a thirties-via-seventies twist on the brand, eschewing the preppy styling that it sometimes embraces for a glamour that was far more languid. At the collection core was the classic robe, showed here in various fabrications, such as terrycloth, and styles, some with hoods, others belted like a trench. Elsewhere, lightweight knitwear, anoraks, rain slickers, and high-waisted, wide-legged track pants made this feel a fulsome and highly desirable offering.