After doing overviews of Nike, Adidas, EleVen and Fila as part of my traditional off-season Fashion Retrospections, it’s time to move on to Lotto‘s 2019 styles on the example of Elise Mertens. I did my first annual Lotto fashion collage back in 2012 and until last year Agnieszka Radwanska was the company’s most famous representative, but since the Pole retired in November 2018, Mertens is taking that role.
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The WTA world No.17 Mertens kicked off the season at the Brisbane International, wearing the Lotto Spring Tech Tank in a black-and-white dizzy print with fiery orange accents and a matching Lotto Spring Tech Skirt.
In the above photo from Sydney, we can see the Lotto Spring Tech Top from the same collection, which Mertens wore all the way through the tournament in Dubai, including at the Australian Open. This type of look — a cap-sleeve shirt/tank top and performance skirt with side vents — marked her entire 2019 season, if we exclude a few skirt models with dominant back ruffles. Moreover, the Belgian sported either some abstract prints or simple solids.
Here we can see a long-sleeve top from the same range, which accompanied Mertens during her title run at the Qatar Total Open in Doha in February.
FLASHBACK: LOTTO FASHION DURING AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA’S REIGN:
- 2018: Aga’s Lotto fashion in the last year of her career
- A fashion battle of extremes in 2017
- Agnieszka Radwanska‘s year 2016 with Lotto: Dramatic mesh, ruffles, busy prints
- Lace, laser, silver & metallic: All Agnieszka Radwanska’s 2015 Lotto fashion statements
- Lotto’s breakthrough year 2014 with Agnieszka Radwanska, overview of outfits
- 2012: Aga working Lotto in her Top 5 debut season
At the BNP Paribas Open and the Miami Open, where Mertens won two of her three doubles titles in 2019 with newly-engaged Aryna Sabalenka, the 24-year-old wore separates that look similar to what she sported in the season’s opening stretch, but the print seems slightly different. Am I right?
After wearing the abstract print and coral combo at a lot of tournaments, later into the season Mertens introduced a blue version of outfits from the same collection: the Lotto Spring Tech Top and Skirt, as we can see in this photo from Rome.
Lotto’s Roland Garros zebra print took us back to Paris 2016 when Adidas and Yohji Yamamoto created a Y-3 line inspired by dazzle camouflage. Lotto’s leading representative is seen here in the Zebre Top, featuring contrast mesh fabric at upper chest and sleeves, and the Zebre Skirt, highlighted by bold contrast ruffles at back.
The Belgian’s choice for Eastbourne and Wimbledon were simple white separates with contrast blue logo.
Mertens opened the US Open Series in San Jose, wearing another busy print, this time in purple — the Lotto Fall Tech Top Ten Print Top and Skirt.
The Fall 2019 Tech collection continued its presence in Toronto and Cincinnati, where we could see this classic sporty Lotto Fall Tech Tank whose racerback features a cute keyhole cutout.
Purple tones were also included in Mertens’ Pop Flower collection for the US Open. The Lotto Pop Flower Top features contrast mesh fabric at upper chest and cap sleeves, while the Lotto Pop Flower Skirt is another style with unique ruffles at back.
The Belgian closed the season at the WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai, dressed in a simple clearwater blue ensemble — the Lotto Fall Tech Top Ten Top and Skirt.
What do you say about Mertens’ attire? Do you prefer her printed outfits or single-colored ones? Tell me in the comments below! I really like the design of the sporty skirt with side slits and Lotto’s racerback tanks, so my favorite outfit is the all-purple one from Toronto.
MORE 2019 FASHION RETROSPECTIONS:
- Angelique Kerber‘s tennis attire: All Adidas outfits of the brand’s only Top 20 representative
- Coco Gauff’s New Balance gear in breakthrough 2019 season
- Oceans, color-blocks, mesh & New York cityscape: Caroline Wozniacki‘s Adidas apparel in the last full season of her career
- Serena Williams‘ year with Nike through the fashion lens
- Denim, bees, engineered whites, NYC posters mark Simona Halep‘s Nike tennis fashion
- Naomi Osaka‘s transition from Adidas to Nike and Sacai looks
- Venus Williams‘ EleVen designs: Caracas, Ikat, Isola, Love Leopard, Bonita, Phoenix, Flashes, Iman & Oiseau tennis collections
- Ashleigh Barty & Fila during the world No.1 Australian’s stellar season
- Maria Sharapova embraces prints in 2019 Nike dresses
- Bethanie Mattek-Sands’ 2019 with Lucky in Love: Tattoos, hot rods and sheer crop tops marked another bold fashion year
- Julia Goerges continues to embrace simplicity in Asics‘ technologically-advanced apparel