Hermès S/S 2010 / PFW / Day eight

When was the last time you saw the handle of a tennis racket poking out of a Birkin bag? Come spring, you just might, given Jean Paul Gaultier’s fetching and soigné take on the sport. With fresh lawn laid out for the runway, backdrop and up into the bleachers, Gaultier clearly had a ball with this theme. On the kitsch side were headbands galore, hooded warm-up robes and luxurious leather ball containers that might very well cost more than a club membership. But mostly, the designer served up chic and fluid sportswear. Familiar and conservative staples — long knife-pleated skirts, twin sets and piped blazers — looked terrific in spectator shades of white and navy, and had a Twenties flavor heightened by swinging silver sautoirs. Gaultier addressed more up-to-the-minute trends, too, mixing in slim denim Bermudas, long knit dusters and sexy jersey jumpsuits with plunging necklines. And in a spring season with a surprising amount of leather, the Hermès finesse was plain in a caramel hoodie and a swishing evening tennis skirt that married strips of leather with organza. Talk about a stylish French Open.

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