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On the Runway: Lacoste's Tennis Yellows

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The Lacoste show at Bryant Park this morning started with the sound of birdsong, followed by the thwack of tennis balls: Dawn on the courts! It ended with a parade of models in canary yellow marching down the runway to the sounds of "I'm a Believer," like a sunrise of sportswear after the morning fog has burned off. Are we being too romantic about this? Possibly, but it was hard not to get swept up in the show's brisk, sporty optimism.

Before a crowd that included Hayden Christensen, Mischa Barton, Alice Dellal, and the Geldof sisters, models in various black, white, teal and blue takes on tennis gear strutted down a runway built to look like a boardwalk. Many were wearing giant sunhats, turbans, or the same sorts of hoods we saw at Charlotte Ronson, leading us to believe that come spring we will all be perching dramatic things on our heads. The shoes were also standouts: We loved the open-toed canvas wedge booties in both tall and short varieties. The menswear all looked very crisp, clean and wearable, and the women all looked like tanned uptown girls with great legs (we saw tons of shorts) and equally great backhands. Despite the weather, despite the recession, everyone walked out feeling like the future was bright.
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