Archive for November 16th, 2007

fashion flashback: govortsova in quebec

November 16, 2007

Belarusian Olga Govortsova, along with currently being the No. 2 Belarusian player on the SEWTA Tour, is dropping hints of a Bethanie Mattek-esque fashion sense.

olga govortsova - quebec

Here’s a photo of her playing the Quebec City Bell Challenge last month. We’re all about stirring the fashion pot, but it looked like Olga’s glittery top wasn’t built for tennis: “She clearly looks pretty uncomfortable with the ensemble, always tugging and pulling it down and adjusting the ties,” says Stephanie Myles.

It’s hard to say if the fashion will get in the way of her play (fyi, she’s ranked about 50 spots above Mattek); while she may have lost to eventual finalist Julia Vakulenko in the quarters of Quebec, she can also be proud of her one Top 20 scalp in 2007 (Shahar Peer at Stanford).

Kudos: By the way, for those of you who griped that coverage of the Quebec tournament was almost non-existent, Myles did a mighty fine job keeping us abreast of happenings above the 49th parallel. Check out the blogging here.

venus throws eleven party at tenjune

November 16, 2007

venus williams - eleven launch party - tenjune

Venus Williams hosted a party for the launch of EleVen at Tenjune (located under yummy steakhouse STK). While she may be all about her short shorts on court, she sticks with conservative skinny denim and a long silver leg-of-mutton-sleeved jacket.

serena williams - eleven launch party - tenjune - starr jones

Serena, now done with her SEWTA Year-End Championships obligations, joins her sister in celebrating the line. She poses with Starr Jones on the right. Le sigh, silk is so hard to wear.

serena - venus - lydia hearst

And here the sisters flank Lydia Hearst, whose next project with Puma (more Lydia bags, likely) we’re eagerly awaiting.

(photos by Wireimage)

Btw, I went to check out the EleVen goods at my local Steve & Barry’s (that’s Beverly Connection, in case you’re interested)… I thought there’d be lines out the door, but there were only 5 customers in the store. Sarah Jessica Parker‘s Bitten section looked cleaned out, but everything else was pretty stocked.

Most of the EleVen goods I’d been eyeing on the site weren’t in this branch. I ended up helping this girl choose between hoop earrings and some dangly stars (we went with hoops). I walked out with some cute green sneakers from their Starbury line, though. and p.s. Venus will do a signing there on Nov. 25, 3:30 p.m.

party photos: 7th on Sale 2007

November 16, 2007

The 7th on Sale charity launched its latest auction last night with a gala at the 69th Regiment Armory.

venus williams - 7th on sale - andre leon talley

Venus Williams, one of the few people who manage to NOT make Andre Leon Talley look gigantic, traded her Zac Ephron look for a beautiful black and white ensemble. This on the same day she launched her EleVen line with retailer Steve & Barry’s.

Browse: The charity will have NYC “shopping days” alongside an an eBay store where “a worldwide audience can bid online for celebrity-worn gowns, magazine-worthy home goods, brilliant jewelry, and more” (the inventory’s updated daily, folks!). The auction goes through Dec. 6, 2007.

Read up: 100% of the money raised goes to services and housing for those living with HIV and AIDS. More about 7th on Sale here.

(photos by Getty Images)


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