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Hot on the heels of Lacoste's fervent denials that Catherine Malandrino would be taking over for dearly departed creative director Christophe Lemaire (he's going to head up Hermes), the crocodile brand has announced a collaboration with Malandrino to create a women's capsule collection that's both romantic and sporty. The new collection will land in stores next spring. In the meantime, Malandrino will be summering and designing the collection at her new seasonal home in St. Tropez. [WWD]