On a pop-up tennis court built on Palais de Tokyo’s esplanade, models appear to the rhythm of an eclectic playlist.

October 18, 2021

Louise Trotter’s Lacoste Spring 2022 RTW collection features sporty, lively silhouettes, reflecting the contemporary urge to get out and move again.

“The show brings together codes from diverse sports and communities to create new uniforms and identities,” said Louise Trotter, Creative Director.

The season was filled with  rubber versions of classic tennis skirts, slim neoprene bandeaus, perforated anoraks, and a new neoprene piqué material that translates the Lacoste heritage into sleek pieces for a new generation.

One of her most genius innovations: A trench coat that rolls up into a messenger bag. “On my bike, I can’t deal with long coats!” Trotter says, smiling. She’s also expanded into other sports, hoping to create a sense of community around Lacoste: “We have a basketball look, the diving girl—and the diving instructor with shorts and button up—and a skater girl…” she says, running through images of her line-up. The overall look is unfussy, lively, and spirited—it is not trendy, but that doesn’t seem to matter much. Good product will outlast Hot Girl Summer.

The designer usually receives five to six messages a day from friends and strangers looking for archival and new Lacoste pieces. A most-requested piece is a V-neck tennis sweater from her first collection for the brand, hand embroidered with a fringy little alligator on the check. This season, he’s back, and he’s an unmissable shade of neon yellow. “Sort of how we feel now,” Trotter says of the character: wanting to be seen, a little shaggy, and ready to get out there with teammates. Her show in the Palais de Tokyo pool, I’m sure, will look, sound, and smell like team spirit.

Discover the atmosphere before the Lacoste Spring 2022 fashion show and catch a glimpse of the backstage.


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