Across the decades tennis icons of the past have inspired runways, movies and street style. Roland-Garros' reputation as the ‘fashion tournament’ has well and truly lived up to its name over the past fortnight.
Indeed tennis has played a key role in the vogue for sportswear inspired detailing and luxe fabrications which continues its unrelenting assault on fashion. This trend is all about high performance materials and cut-for-movement shapes. The latest round of runway shows offered up some super-cool looks pushing it into fresh territory. Utility details, varsity colour combinations and embellishments that directly reference the sports world appeared in abundance. Think sporty outerwear with ruching, bell sleeves, wide leg trousers with side-stripes or frills down tracksuit pants. Versace gave sportswear a polish with an air of Italian glamour. Drawstrings on anoraks and zip-up sports tops featured alongside colour-blocked leggings and ruched asymmetric mini dresses. Ultimately it’s about putting a modern twist to the retro aesthetic.
The key to this style, even at a tennis tournament, is to keep it grounded with relaxed styling to strike the balance between easy daywear that is also special enough to be dressed up for an occasion.
While the players have been smashing it on the courts, visitors to Roland-Garros have been smashing it in the style stakes with everything from drop-waisted silk dresses, denims with Stan Smiths, and playfully deconstructed tennis skirts worn with white socks and sneakers, it’s been a grand-slam as far as style is concerned. As we head into championship weekend, here are some of the looks to have caught my eye.