tennis, everyone: hermes’ spring 2010

Just as we were coming down from the high of seeing Thom Browne‘s Spring 2009 tennis-themed show, Jean-Paul Gaultier takes the baton with his Spring 2010 presentation for Hermes, which sent models down a grass runway (complete with a tennis match in the background). Gaultier’s inspiration for the collection was a female player that Hermes outfitted in the 1930s.

“I don’t recall her name, I know nothing about tennis,” Gaultier told journalists as he mingled with guests after the show. “I saw a photo of her from the 20s or 30s, and I liked her silhouette, and I said ‘allez, let’s play tennis.'”

As delicious as Gaultier’s take on the classic tennis pieces (polos, pleated skirts, warm-up sweaters) was his sporty adaptation of the house’s iconic Birkin bag: a pocket for a racquet; a separate dangling sleeve for a ball can. Any bets on which pro will be first to carry that onto the court? (Anna Wintour? ALT?) What do you think of this collection? Tell us!

Show: All the images (including detail shots) available at style.com.

Ones we loved: A few looks that we liked from the show after the cut…