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A history of Tennis Fashion

A history of Tennis Fashion

Since 1877, Wimbledon Tennis has been one of the most recognised tennis championships, hosting hundreds of royals, celebrities, and visitors from around the world and playing a central role in the foundation of many famous tennis careers. As far back as the nineteenth century, the accepted tennis outfit for players were plain white, long-sleeved shirts and trousers for men and full-length corseted white dresses and hats for women. It was not until the 1920s and 1930s that the players, (particularly the female players), began to experiment with their clothing. Shorter skirts, shorts and sleeveless tops were all introduced, some more daring than others, to provide ease of movement and an expression of individual personality and style. While tennis style evolved to be practical and comfortable this was never at the expense of fashion. High-profile athletes like Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova found their own ways to have fun with their outfits, (think tennis dresses made of lace and even denim) and often attract as much attention for what they wear as their backhands. Tennis outfits have often inspired the masses too, like the white V-neck sweater used by Bill Tilden, still today remaining a classic staple in men’s fashion. Advances ...
by Les 100 Ciels Team on June 19, 2018
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Behind the collection | AW16

Our new Autumn collection is here! We’re so excited to share with you our inspirations behind our beautiful new collection. Our designs for the Autumn season take inspiration from minimalist twentieth-century architectural style.  The colour palette and the organic forms used in the work of Le Corbusier and the monochromatic structural qualities of Mies van der Rohe’s work inform the designs throughout the season.     We have focused on simplicity through using clean lines and with a pure use of colour at the beginning of the season. The structure of the garments refer to the lines used in modern architecture with sculptured silhouettes and curved forms. Textural, weather-worn exteriors are the inspiration for print. Building materials such as concrete, steel and brick inspired the colour palette of the collection, and offer texture to surfaces. Les 100 Ciels’ luxurious cashmere features at the heart of every collection and this season this beautiful yarn is given a multi-dimensional effect by varying weights and layering. We hope that you enjoy wearing our new collection! Shop new arrivals here.
by Les 100 Ciels Team on August 25, 2016
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Hello Autumn

Judging from the weather recently, we are more than ready to embrace cashmere season once again. Our Autumn collection couldn’t have come sooner! With the unpredictable weather playing havoc with our daily dressing, all we are dreaming about is crisp autumn mornings cocooned in our new cashmere, coffee in hand. As you may have read in our previous blog post on our Autumn/Winter ’15 collection, we were hugely inspired by the work of photographer Sarah Moon. Her signature photographic style of dream-like images which represent femininity, are free from time and context. It is these timeless emblems of luxury and nostalgia that lends to the designs of the new collection. The tone of the collection is influenced by her use of colour, ranging from a muted palette of blush hues and through to strong teal and dark ash as the season develops. As always, cashmere remains at the heart of the new collection. Our 100% cashmere essential range features subtle detailing such as ribbing and drop hems. They are perfect for the change in season and will play a huge part in our autumn wardrobes. They look great paired with our new cropped trouser length or our long line skirts. Paige ...
by Les 100 Ciels Team on August 14, 2015
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