Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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London: David Koma’s new friendships with tennis stars like Maria Sharapova got him thinking about the sport for his spring collection, which led him to research the stylish players of the past, including Suzanne Lenglen and Lea Pericoli. Instead of the traditional tennis whites, Koma sent out a parade of black dresses to open his show. Each look featured a short pleated skirt accented by bands of green patent leather the color of a tennis court. The references continued with net motifs appearing as prints and appliqués; the pattern was even used for the shoes. Koma is known for futuristic elements, and he did not neglect them for spring. Cutouts, shiny materials, and constructed hourglass silhouettes connected this collection to his previous work. –Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: Constructed hourglass / Dropped waist / Boxy
Color: Black / Grass green / Fiery orange / Peach / Cream / Optic white / Yves Klein blue
Key Items: Drop-waisted tennis dresses / Body-con dresses / Chiffon tees
Materials: Chiffon / Organza / Stiff silks / Engineered knits
Print + Pattern: Tennis net motifs
Details + Trim: Pleated skirts / Cutouts / Patent leather trim / Piecing / Veiling
Accessories + Footwear: Platform ankle strap sandals / Tennis net cage sandals
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