Stylebook: Lacoste polo shirt celebrates 80 years

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Fashion and athleticism have gone hand-in-hand long before the likes of Venus and Serena Williams brought their style to the tennis court.

In the 1930s, French tennis champ Rene Lacoste transformed recreational wear by swapping the heavy, starched long-sleeved shirts men typically wore while playing sports for more comfortable short-sleeved tops in airy petit pique fabrics -- and the polo shirt was born.

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the menswear (and now women's wear, too) staple, and Lacoste is celebrating with some special collections that invite everyone to join the party. The EDITION collection revisits the brand's heritage with pieces inspired by designs from decades past. For some, sketches by Lacoste were retrieved from the archives. The UNEXPECTED collection combines classic Lacoste designs with luxe fabrics, bold colors and a mix of casual and sophisticated styles, such as a women's polo dress in lambskin leather.

The Lacoste crocodile also is getting a makeover for the occasion. In time for the holidays, a line of polos with "crazy crocodiles" will roll out in stores, including in Pittsburgh. Lacoste partnered with British designer Peter Saville, who came up with the creative looks for the crocodile. They range from a blurred or scribbled logo to a simple outline of the creature.

Learn more about Lacoste's history and anniversary collections at

Pittsburgh fashion and beauty front ...

Style Week Pittsburgh pop-up photo shoot and volunteer search: Gear up for the inaugural event, Aug. 7-11, at a pop-up photo shoot today Downtown. Starting at 10 a.m. in Market Square, models will be styled and photographed to raise awareness for Style Week. The mobile boutique Broke Little Rich Girl will be on site and will transport models to other spots, including the Smithfield Street Bridge and the Macy's clock.

Organizers also are searching for volunteers to help out at fashion shows and networking events during Style Week at venues across the city. Shifts are flexible. To learn more, call 412-208-0249 or email

Information: or on the Style Week Pittsburgh Facebook page.

Summer sidewalk sale at Fifth Avenue Place: Shop your way to a free lunch at this annual event Downtown. This Wednesday through Friday, earn a free lunch coupon with any $25 retail purchase. Receipts can be redeemed from noon to 2 p.m. in Center Court. Coupons are limited to the first 100 people each day.


Carlisle/Per Se fall collection preview: Get a jump-start on fall shopping with chic and casual offerings for women from Carlisle and Per Se. Wednesday through July 23, women are invited to schedule a private shopping appointment to browse the collection, which includes separates for sizes 0-18. To book an appointment, contact Linda Stengel at 412-276-6284 or

Tommy Bahama sale and island party: Get into the summer spirit with tropical treats and special savings on Tommy Bahama men's apparel 4 to 9 p.m. Friday at Lapels, 106 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Greensburg. Nearby women's boutique Katwalk also will be holding a Tommy Bahama party that night.

Information: 724-853-7145 or

Style Truck pulls into Brighton Heights: The Style Truck combines the merchandise of a designer boutique with the mobility of a truck and will be parked 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the California Markets, California Ave. Affordable, American-made or fair trade clothing and accessories will be available.

Information: or Style Truck on Facebook.

Roadie fashion truck on the road again: Stock up on vintage and contemporary fashions when the mobile boutique sets up shop 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Shiloh Grill, Mount Washington.

Information: See the Roadie fashion truck page on Facebook.

The Show 2013 to bring fashion to North Side: Laced Apparel will present its annual fashion showcase Sunday at the New Hazlett Theater. Fashions from several brands and boutiques will be featured, including Laced Apparel, Unique Impressions and PhiriVon. A cocktail hour will start at 6 p.m., with doors for the 8 p.m. show opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at Flaunt (400 E. Ohio St., North Side), Aliya Wrays (Broadway Ave., McKees Rocks) and Sisters Downtown (100 Fifth Ave.).

Shop late in Lawrenceville: On the second Thursday of each month, select stores in Lawrenceville will stay open until 9 p.m., giving late-night shoppers a chance to browse merchandise, enjoy free refreshments and receive discounts.


For more from PG fashion writer Sara Bauknecht, check out the PG's Stylebook blog at Follow her on Twitter @SaraB_PG. To have an event considered for Stylebook, send it to First Published July 9, 2013 4:00 AM


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