If you’ve heard of the Wes Anderson film, The Royal Tenenbaums, then you probably thought you saw Chas, Richie, and even a hint of Margot in Lacoste’s winter tennis-themed Fall 2015 collection. (Watch the trailer here.) Designer Felipe Oliveira Baptista served up a tennis-meets-street line, with statement pique shirts and sweaters that we absolutely fell for. The problem? We had no idea what they said.
“Rene did it first” was easy, but “gazon” and “terrain dur” had us researching.
The answer, we found out, pertained to two types of tennis courts. But of course.
French Lesson No. 1: GAZON
Say it with us: ga-zo
Translation: lawn, turf, "grass court" in tennis
At one point in time, the gazon was the more favored type of tennis court, but that was until people realized its high maintenance costs.
Tennis Trivia: Wimbledon is done on the lawn of Centre Court in England. Tennis players need to move faster there as the grass, less firm and slippery, causes the ball to bounce low.
French Lesson No. 2: TERRAIN DUR
Say it with us: ter-rah, du-r (mind the letter r for both words)
Translation: hard, ground, "hard court" in tennis
The US and Australian Open are both done on hard courts, which range from asphalt to concrete to acrylic (the most common type).
Tennis Trivia: Sand may be added to the paint. More sand slows down the speed of play, compared to grass.
We're wondering though, the French open is the only Grand Slam tournament that uses clay courts, how come "terre battue" - French for "clay court" - wasn't part of the French brand's collection? Something to chew on while you slip on these cute sweater-capes, oui?
View the full collection from Lacoste A/W 15 HERE.