Setting the scene with tennis ball-style chewing gum favours for the frowers and a soundtrack of squeaky gym shoes, this really was – as one of my neighbours so eloquently put it – game, set and match to Koma.
With the tennis players of yesteryear, including Suzanne Lenglen, Gussie Moran and Lea Pericoli, providing the inspiration, the conventional tennis dress was given the Koma treatment with open back details, cut-out sides and bodycon silhouettes – expect to see Maria Sharapova in them in no time!
With Wimbledon on the brain, grass greens and bright whites dominated, as well as a flash of tangerine orange and palatinate blue. Tennis nets also provided the inspiration for prints, embroidery and the collection’s luxe bugle bead finale.
While short dresses with flirty pleated skirts featured heavily, Koma’s ‘strong, confident women’ weren’t forgotten either. As well as sculptural bra-like crop tops, his favourite bodycon dresses were given a sports luxe feel and layered under sheer organza sweaters. Patent leathers, thick jerseys and even the organza were also manipulated to give a clean, geometric silhouette, in keeping with his signature style.
Not satisfied there, Koma also collaborated with shoe designer Alain Quilici to complete his head-to-toe look for the ‘hard, fast and beautiful’ woman. The result was his pièce de résistance and the fiercest shoes at London Fashion Week so far – echoing the colour palette of the main collection but also incorporating tennis racket handle grip heels. They are every bit as fun as you would expect David’s new season shoes to be, and more. And I think that’s what you call a smash!
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