fashion focus: as expected, a nike switcheroo for masha’s australian open dress

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The case of the mystery tennis dress Nike designed for Maria Sharapova‘s Australian Open appearance was solved today when Maria played first round match against Croatian Jelena Kostanic Tosic. By the way, the scoreline: Masha wins 6-4, 6-3.

Wimbledon flashback? So Maria takes care of business with a white version (reminiscent of what adidas by Stella McCartney put on Maria Kirilenko for Wimbledon ’07). The pleats and other detailing keep it classy, and it’s offset by the youthful embroidery in the visor and the berry accents in the visor. Even Maria’s underwear (picture) channeled Tati‘s red knickers. FYI: Berry is a shade from Nike’s spring palette.

What do you think of Masha’s dress? Tell us!

By the way… We speculated, based on Nike’s Spring 2008 retail plan, that brown pleated wonder would be the outfit (after all, it was called the “Sharapova Dress”), but then it showed up on Dani Hantuchova at last week’s Sydney Medibank International.

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Of course Masha wouldn’t be caught dead wearing the same dress as anyone else. That, and the fabrics ended up with sweat patterns that were ultra-unflattering. I hope Dani finds something else for the next two weeks.

(photos by Getty Images)

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5 Responses to “fashion focus: as expected, a nike switcheroo for masha’s australian open dress”

  1. Mystery of Maria Sharapova’s Australian Open dress solved | Australian Open Says:

    [...] BTW: In the first round, fifth-seeded Maria Sharapova defeated Croatia’s Jelena Kostanic Tosic 6-4 6-3, and will next play Lindsay Davenport, who has just climbed to the top of the list of the highest earners in women’s sport. (via Tennis Served Fresh) [...]

  2. lucia Says:

    OMG! Maria looks amazing. The white dress is gorgeous and has to be the BEST dress she has ever worn. Stunning!

  3. b Says:

    putting the dress in all white solves the problem of the distracting final white ruffle….. looks great – except there’s no way to tell if they adjusted the armpits….. the brown one fits hantuchova really well

    from what i can tell maria looks very nice

    pity about the sweat patterns b/c the brown colour is lovely

  4. juki Says:

    I really like the dress but I would have liked a little more color on her! Somethig fresh and new…
    Plus: her nails look really bad!

    http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c148/Benejosh/28-1.jpg

  5. Nerissa Says:

    Love this!!! Please tell me where I can get this in white, I don’t like the brown one.

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