Gaultier made Tennis chic


I want an all white tennis game.

Above are images of Hermes 2010 Spring collection by  Jean Paul Gaultier and his gracious muse the frenchwomen Suzanne Lenglen from the 1920s. Lenglen was one of the greatest tennis players of all time and between 1919 – 1926  she lost only one match. She died of pernicious anaemia at age 39. Gaultier delivered timeless classics with little kilts, b&w graphics and minimal sportswear. His  hangers were elegant in their cream-knife pleated skirts that varied in lengths from short and frippy to maxis drooping from the waisline to ankle. The Wimbledon inspirationextended from tennis whites, raquets and balls all the way to the catwalk, where the runway was grass-court, bleachers were grass-strewn and even two models carried a tennis game at one end of the catwalk as the show went on. In complete athleticism Jean Paul Gaultier ran down the faux court at the end of the show. Gaultiers 2010 show was  the catalyst for turning Tennis chic and the initial glamorisation of sports attire. Without turning back sport-inspired fashion has not left the catwalk and never will  (below). And last note the impeccable colour pallet of Hermes, 2010 Spring; black, white, navy, nudes… timeless.

Now I better go prepare the G&Ts and crustless cucumber sandwiches. x


“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” ― Leonardo da Vinci