Tennis continues to influence high fashion, perhaps because Vogue's Anna Wintour loves the sport so publicly, or maybe it's simply that the refined life old world tennis recalls is so darn enchanting.
It is fitting that NY Fashion Week, which began during the second week of the U.S. Open, whispers tennis. Rag & Bone's super deep v neck sweater, is an elegant revise of the white cabled tennis classic, and Lacoste's sporty chic collection, like the brand, has roots in our game. Their look left plays on traditional tennis whites.
On the flip-side, the runway can influence the "courtway." So what would inspire me if I were a designer?
Below, my ideas culled from four stand-out looks at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week:
1.) Wide expanses of mesh for maximum breathability (in performance stretch),
2.) crop tops (for those that have the requisite abs),
3.) fun and funky leggings (with tennis ball pockets),
4.) and, florals paired with richly colored brights (powerful pretty).
It would be a blast to design a tennis line.
Images from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014: Top, Lacoste. Group of four, top left: BCBGMAXAZRIA; top right, Richard Chai; bottom left, Argentine Designers; Bottom right, Dennis Basso.
All images courtesy Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 and © Getty Images.