Archive for June 27th, 2008

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.


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