Archive for June, 2008

Reebok makes good use of peekaboo blue

June 30, 2008

Unlike last year’s discordant showing at Wimbledon (gold on Jelena Jankovic and Nicole Vaidisova, and Amelie Mauresmo with her own line), Reebok decided to rein it in with a white and teal combo on all its ladies.

Jelena’s dress had teal detail on the bust and a wraparound hem. She hobbled with this all the way to her fourth round loss to grass court perrenial Tamarine Tanasugarn 3-6, 2-6. It didn’t help Jelena (but no less credit to Tamarine) that she’d hyperextended her knee in her previous match against 31st seed Caroline Wozniacki.

Amelie wore separates in her match against Serena Williams in the third round. Mauresmo fell 6-7 (5), 1-6.

And Nikki Vaidisova wore the cutaway version. The 18th seed upset the 8th seed Anna Chakvetadze 4-6, 7-6 (0), 6-3, booking her a berth in the quarters for the second year in a row. Last year, the Czech lost in the finaleight to Ana Ivanovic.

Speaking of, did you get a chance to see Nicole’s pre-Wimby outfits?

A black Reebok dress contrasted the red clay of the French Open. Notice the bifurcating straps on the back of her dress…

…and the frilly hem! The way it was cut made it look like grandma’s nightgown.

She wore the white version (and the separates) at Birmingham.

(images by Getty Images)

wtf

June 30, 2008

With Serena and Venus still playing, how is Elena Dementieva the highest seed left in the final eight of this year’s ladies’ singles draw at Wimbledon?

bec hewitt stands by her man

June 30, 2008

I root for Lleyton Hewitt during the grass court season because he’s pretty darn good on that surface. Another reason is that his wife, Bec Hewitt, looks pretty darn good sitting in the stands!

Lleyton’s Yonex kit, though, needs a makeover, stat. Those mini-rays of color bursting from the torso has had its run…

Now that the Australian has dropped out of the draw (a noble effort against Roger Federer), let’s review Bec’s ensembles from the grass season.

Bec watching Lleyton play at The Artois Championships in the Queen’s Club in London, where her husband is a four-time champion. (That “L” necklace is deelish!)

She wears a baby doll dress (with keyhole) during Lleyton’s marathon first-round match against Robin Haase: 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-2.

She switches to a jumper dress for the second round win against Albert Montanes: 7-6 (4), 6-0, 6-2.

And horizontal texture makes a showing in Lleyton’s 6-1, 6-3, 7-6 (2) victory over Bolelli in the third round.

And finally, Bec wears red during Lleyton’s final match of Wimbledon 2008 — the fourth round loss to R-Fed: 6-7 (7), 2-6, 4-6.

(photos by Getty Images)

nothing but english sophistication

June 29, 2008

Hey, everyone. Enjoying a nice sunny Southern California Sunday at a friend’s pool. Before I head out, though, I wanted to leave you with these wonderful pics from the 2008 Wimbledon lifestyle collection from Polo Ralph Lauren. (Special thanks to PRL for sending these our way.)

So what’s in this newest line?

Classic cabled tennis sweaters are reworked as stylish halterneck tops (TSF is a big fan).

The Wimbledon blazer appears in cream jersey with preppy navy and white ribbon piping, and the classic tennis dress is evoked with fresh, flirty striped cotton shirt dresses.

Cableknit vests and polo shirts pair with pants and shorts in linen and cotton.

Chic navy blazers, button down shirts, repp ties and ribbon belts are shown in the tournament’s signature shades of Wimbledon purple and Bentley green.

Shop: The men’s pieces are available here and the women’s here.

More: Check out some more wonderful sketches after the cut. The artist put some cute shoes (white and navy booties!) on some of the ladies. Take a look…

goodbye necklaces, hello bracelets?

June 29, 2008

Butter’s Bubble

Marat Safin is not only known for his on-court temperament but also for his necklaces. These days, though, he’s barely wearing a single chain on his neck. So what happened? Where did it all go?

Check out Marat’s wrist! I must say, it looks pretty cool on him!

What brand of watch is Marat wearing?

(image by Wimbledon.org)

shots from the RL lifestyle collection

June 29, 2008

Pictures from the marketing campaign for the 2008 Polo Ralph Lauren Wimbledon Lifestyle collection.

More: A few more pictures after the cut…

RL wimbledon court collection ’08

June 29, 2008

Emblazoned with the signature Ralph Lauren/Wimbledon crest, crisp navy and cream defines the modern look of on-court officials’ attire. Umpires’ uniforms include navy doeskin blazers with cream piping, paired with cream trousers or skirts, and traditional tennis sweaters. Combining fashion and function, ball persons’ track suits, shorts and polo shirts, feature high performance, fast-drying fabrics for maximum comfort and full range of motion.

More: See a few more images after the cut…

the wimbledon ’08 online shop is almost a ghost town

June 29, 2008

Unlike the French Open online shop, which we loved, the Wimbledon shop looks ho-hum. Except for two things: the goods from Polo Ralph Lauren (more on that later) and this Fila SW19 limited edition sneaker:

They have only produced 1000 pairs of this shoe, named for the zip code of the AELTC.

Buy: Fila SW19 shoe, white/green/purple, £59.57.

(image from wimbledon.org)

andy murray’s backhand saves the day

June 28, 2008

12th seed and hometown hope Andy Murray exacted revenge over Tommy Haas for a loss at Indian Wells by beating the German 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-2 in the third round of Wimbledon. As expected (and we were entertained!), Andy’s backhand produced some wonderful winners and passing shots throughout the match.

Thanks to San Diegan (and TSF reader) Matt Coin for snapping these two early-round photos of Mr. Haas at Wimbledon. His glory days are way past him (with that nagging shoulder injury of his), but his abs are very much alive and well.

Buy: Tommy wears the K-Swiss Ultracel Polo, $52.

Andy wears the Fred Perry Wimbledon T-Shirt (£35, fredperry.com) and the Retro Bag in Rover Brown (£45, fredperry.com).

(photos by Getty Images, Matt Coin, and fredperry.com)

flirting with punditry, wimbledon style

June 28, 2008

We were interviewed for a tennis fashion story that appears in today’s style insert of the Globe and Mail. Read it here.

(image via globeandmail.com)

oh, serena!

June 28, 2008

At the end of NBC’s broadcast of Venus Williams def. Maria Martinez Sanchez 6-1, 7-5.

xxxxx: yeah … they were showing serena in the stands
xxxxx: doing her nails
Erwin: oh
xxxxx: “i didnt realize this is the court 1 spa” (ted robinson)
Erwin: HAHAHA
Erwin: i didn’t notice that
xxxxx: then like she didnt even realize the match was over
xxxxx: realized it, stood up and started yawning

tattoo watch: timea bacsinszky

June 28, 2008

Thanks to everyone for clearing up the tattoo confusion for me. This tattoo, mistakenly attributed to Maria Sharapova, is actually that of Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky. She lost 6-4, 3-6, 3-6 to fifth seed Elena Dementieva.

Could he really do it?

June 28, 2008

Butter’s Bubble

Marat Safin won his 3rd round Wimbledon match against Andreas Seppi, 7-6, 3-6 ,6-7, 6-4. Is it still shocking that he won another match? It’s so hard to feel confident to watch him play these days.

If Safin could escape another match, he could face Marcos Baghdatis or Feliciano Lopez! The latter ousted Marat during their 3rd round match in Wimbledon back in 2005.

Remember this? lol….

Mario Ancic and Roger Federer are also in the same section of the draw as Marat, so he’ll need all the luck he can get. As much as I love to see Marat go deep into the tournament, I have to be realistic. His chances are kinda slim.

(photo by Getty Images)

eleVen spreads its wings

June 28, 2008

Venus Williams must be getting excited that her clothing line, EleVen is finally catching on. Russian Nadia Petrova, who is no longer with French company Airness, is through to the fourth round of these Championships wearing EleVen whites. The press asked Venus for comment after her first round match.

Q. You brought out a new clothes line here, but you have Petrova wearing your clothes, right?
VW: Uh-huh.

Q. Is that the first time you’ve had another player wearing your clothes? Talk about how you worked that out with her.
VW: I think she’s just in transition between — was in transition, so she I think wanted — she was doing me a favor. So I’m hoping to see her in the clothes. I saw her in some warmups yesterday, but I haven’t seen her in the match clothes. I’m hoping to see her. She’s a great girl. I have a lot of respect for her on and off the court. She’s a good person.

Scoreline: 21st seed Petrova upset the 16th seed Victoria Azarenka to reach the fourth round of Wimbledon. There she will face either Shuai Peng or the Sharapova-thrashing Alla Kudryavtseva.

(transcript via ASAP Sports; photo via Babs)

top seed falls before bearing wimbledon fruit

June 27, 2008

Following in the footsteps of French Open top seed Maria Sharapova, Wimbledon top seed Ana Ivanovic, who fought off two match points in her second round match against Nathalie Dechy, fell to the Chinese wildcard Zheng Jie today 6-1, 6-4.

“It was a very emotional last couple of weeks for me and it took a bit of a toll,” revealed Ivanovic. “I didn’t have great preparation.”

Zheng performance made Ivanovic the earliest top seed to bow out of Wimbledon since Martina Hingis got booted by Jelena Dokic in 2001. The native of Chengdu, Sichuan, China wore a Nike top with a curved v-neck.

Meanwhile, Ana shed the florally-hemmed Edge Dress after her first round match against Rossana De Los Rios. She then switched to the more sophisticated Edge Polo with its boatneck collar, cap sleeves, and swirly mesh insets.

More: See her white warm-up jacket here.

Buy: adidas Edge Summer Dress, white/mauve, $65; Edge Summer Skort, white and mauve, $45; Edge Summer Polo, $45; Edge Summer Shorts (cute!!), $40.

(photos by Getty Images)

tattoo watch: maria sharapova?!

June 27, 2008

This could just be a error, but the caption accompanying this Abaca Press photo of female player’s nape at Wimbledon identifies it as Maria Sharapova‘s. I’ve never seen her nape, so…

Three things:

1) Is this her neck? The top doesn’t look like the Nike tuxedo top. Even if you took off the sheer layer (leaving the sports bra), it still doesn’t look like Maria.

2) If this isn’t Maria, who is it?

3) What does the tattoo say?

(photo by Corinne Dubreuil/Abaca; thanks, Lu!)

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fashion focus: jewelry at wimbledon

June 27, 2008


Serena Williams goes Dionysian at Wimbledon 2008.

Let’s talk jewelry for a sec. I write about it once in a while when it looks good, but I’d like to address some folks out there who have come to me asking that their jewelry be featured on TSF.

God bless their entrepreneurship and knack for making things, but please — mini-bedazzled tennis balls as necklace charms and racquets as earrings — that’s just too easy. (As Samantha Jones once said, “Owning a hot-glue gun does not make you a hot designer.”) These designs might sell at the country club, but that’s not cutting it here.


For Venus, hoops to go with her new EleVen outfit.

People need to think outside the box. Tennis jewelry can be something other than racquets and balls. Just take a look at what the likes of Venus, Serena, Daniela, and Maria wear on the court. They have jewelry that are inspired by tennis or are appropriate for the rigors of competitive play. You’d never see a tennis ball from their lobes — it’d just be too much. And really, there would be no other appropriate occassion to wear’ em! Tennis overkill.

If you want to incorporate tennis iconography in your jewelry, some suggestions:

Charms sold by Links of London include strawberries, trophies, and ump chairs.

Other examples: A shop out of the UK created a strawberries and cream charm bracelet (here); a brooch of a tennis shoe (I once saw one from Marc Jacobs); a brooch made with shoe soles; rocks cut in the shape of tennis strings, etc.

This is how you do “tennis” jewelry.

Marat lives up to his title…

June 26, 2008

Editor’s note: We got Butter of Butter’s Bubble — the now-defunct Safin-centric blog — to write up a note about Marat’s incredible win over Novak Djokovic in the second round of Wimbledon 2008.

Mr. Unpredictable a.k.a Marat Safin won a three-set match against the No. 3 in the world, Novak Djokovic. Marat won 6-4, 7-6 (3), 6-2.

Had I known Marat was going against Novak the day before, I would’ve said, “okay,” content to see our favorite hot-headed Russian roll out the green carpet for the top Serb. Honestly, Marat hasn’t been really playing well, and for him to beat Nole today was really unexpected. According to Nole, he respects Safin so much, and thinks that factor probably affected his game today. As for Marat, most of us know what he is really capable of doing; the guy could’ve been in the top 5 right now had he been consistent with his game.

Marat was interviewed by Patrick McEnroe and Darren Cahill after his match. He looked very calm and somewhat tired.

(Sorry I couldn’t upload the video of the interview… computer problems.)

Some excerpts:

P-Mac: “Marat, great win today over Djokovic, straight sets. I’m not sure you expected it, certainly none of us expected you to win this match so easily. How did you do it?”

Marat, in a very low voice: “Thanks a lot guys, I’m still wondering how did I do it, and i’m just surprised with myself.”

Cahill: “Marat, I saw you play in Las Vegas. I know you’ve been working extremely hard over the last couple of years to get back to this top of form. What do you think this win does for you?”

Marat: Well, you saw me in [my] best shape in Las Vegas. I lost to Hewitt 6-2, 6-1, and no chance to get better, and finally I started to play well on the clay-court season. Had a bad draw in the French Open, lost to Davydenko in the 2nd round, then I’m here playing against Djokovic nothing to lose. The guy is under pressure because he’s gonna finish #1 in the world, at least. And he has a lot of pressure so I needed to take advantage of it.”

P-Mac: “I guess you have to change your flight plans now because apparently there’s an 8:30 flight to Moscow tonight.”

Marat: “There are flights everyday.”

Oh snap! ahahahahaha……

I really wish Marat the best like I always do, and hopefully he reaches at least the semis! If you saw him today, he had a different look in his eyes, he looks very calm! (wow) and he seemed to have that special *twinkle* in his eyes…

Marat, this could be it!

Buy: Safin wears the adidas Competition 7 Crew, in Rave Blue, Navy, Rave Yellow, and White; $37.99.

(photos by Getty Images)

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davydenko’s nightmare isn’t over

June 26, 2008

Kolya Davydenko was the first top casualty at this year’s Wimbledon Championships with his straight set (4-6, 4-6, 4-6) loss to the 116th-ranked Benjamin Becker. It’s really sad that his titles in Miami and Warsaw were nowhere to be found in any of the post-match articles. Instead, the questions still focused on the match-fixing scandal that has rocked the Davydenko world for a very long time.

“It is like a bad dream. Not one day but months,” he says of the experience.

Too bad he bowed out early (but really, apart from his 4th round appearance last year, Kolya has lost in the first round of Wimbledon five of the last seven years), because that Airness polo he wore is the best and cleanest thing I’ve seen come out of the French company’s performance collection so far this year.

By the way, I heard from a colleague that Nadia Petrova, a former Airness beneficiary, was seen at Wimbledon wearing EleVen. Can anyone confirm with pics?

(photos by Getty Images)

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szavay’s halter dress: what could have been

June 26, 2008

If not for a gaffe at Fila, the Summer Collezione Dress (in all white, of course) would have been Agnes Szavay‘s uniform for this Wimbledon fortnight.

I saw this dress myself at the company’s showroom in New York. It’s pretty cute.

Buy: Fila Summer Collezione Dress, in white/black/coral, $53.99.

(image from tw.com)


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