Tennis, the sport of the leisure class, was the inspiration behind Jean Paul Gaultier’s collection for Hermès. Beginning with pleated minis, polos, sweatbands and matching bangles that looked like wristbands, Gaultier took his inspiration quite literally. But as the collection moved on, the tennis skirts were elongated into ankle-grazing styles and made from non-traditional materials like luxe snakeskin. His eye for luscious color was spot-on with a college sweater in smoky cinnamon, a chic short-all in periwinkle, and leather items in buttery shades of yellow and camel. As the collection came to an end, the tones got deeper, and the silhouettes grew long and lean, including a luxurious navy jumpsuit that was unbuttoned just enough to allow a matching triangle day bra to peek through. Although the tennis theme was allowed to have a bit too much influence in some places, the collection overall provided wearable pieces that the Hermès’s luxury-goods customer will desire.

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