Maria Kirilenko had a super-brief stint at this year’s Australian Open; as the 27th seed, she bowed out to Italian Sara Errani 6-0, 6-4.
Still, it gave us a look into the spring/summer 2009 adidas by Stella McCartney collection, a marriage of the designer’s thematic inspiration (Edwardian petticoats) with looks from her archive, plus an infusion of the color du saison.
More: See the season’s looks after the cut…
Something old: Stella took inspiration from the silhouettes of English Edwardian petticoats and nightgowns for the empire-waisted Tennis Performance Dress. She pairs this with jersey and cotton shorts reminiscent of long johns. And for the season’s blouson, McCartney combines feminine rouching/gathering with fluted sleeves.
Something new: After playing with skirt hems for last season’s dress, she goes further by moving floral cutouts all the way to the hem’s edge. Lavish embroidery!
Something borrowed: The salmon color of seasons past, which McCartney uses to accent her usually neutral fabric colors, returns as “Neon Red”. A lotus green also adds some punch.
Something blue: well, purple. The one bold dash of color in this collection comes in purple grape, which is the other color of the Performance dress.
A word from Stella: “This collection tries to provide for all the needs of a modern woman. Style meets performance is crucial for women today, and I’ve tried to address this in my most recent collection. Remembering you’re alive is key, health is wealth!”
Full collection: See all the pieces from the show (including the rest of the sports covered by the range — golf, running, yoga, gym, dance, swimming — via style.com.
Buy: Items should drop by February. We want to see the Mibi Bag up close.
Further reading: Above, images from McCartney’s s/s 2009 resort collection.
Reading, pt. 2: The six images above are highlights from the s/s 2009 ready-to-wear collection.
(show images via wireimage.com and style.com; lookbook images courtesy of adidas)