Tennis, anyone? That was Katie Ermilio’s message for spring. Inspired by images of the sport from the Thirties, she delivered lots of special-occasion wear to love, presented on models who stood on a checkerboard of grass squares and white floor.


References to the game were evident in her color palette — white, of course, paired with pale sage, deep forest green and shades of pink, dusty rose and burgundy reminiscent of clay courts — and her print choices. A bold windowpane pattern in green on white recalled the lines on the court and looked particularly sharp as a long fishtail skirt in double-face satin, a fabric that dominated the collection. Paired with a crisp white off-the-shoulder blouse, it was new take on evening, as was a strapless romper with hand-drawn laser-cut flower appliqués, shown in both sage and forest green.


Retro glamour was the message in a sage strapless column gown with a back sash. And one could easily imagine a pink and white windowpane-washed silk cigarette pant, a house staple, paired with a matching cape and burgundy crop top at an estate lawn party — just the type of chi-chi event for which Ermilio’s collection is designed.