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That partnership between Cole Haan and Maria Sharapova announced on the eve of the 2008 U.S. Open is finally sprouting: the company’s spring ad campaign will feature Maria, marking the first time a Nike fashion subsidiary has used a Nike athlete for advertising.
The campaign, shot by Martyn Thompson for Assouline, will make its first appearance next week in Vanity Fair, and will also make cameos in other Conde Nast titles (Vogue, Lucky), plus Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, and Travel + Leisure.
The April issue of Elle will come with a catalog of the collection.
The collection has 40 styles for women and 30 for men: ballet-style Mary Janes, elevated wedges and sandals in fuschia, orange, and cobra for women and boat shoes and lace-ups for men in bold and neutral shades — all ranging in price from $115 to $200.
Innovations include Flywire, a weaving technology first seen at the Beijing Summer Olympics that creates strong but lightweight shoes, and their handbags will go the “green route” by using Bionic Yarn, a textile spun from recycled glass and plastics.
Per a WSJ blog, Masha will also add “design consultant” to her Cole Haan duties this coming fall.
Serena Williams is through to the Australian Open finals after defeating lady-in-waiting Elena Dementieva 6-3, 6-4 in the semifinals. Their match was played under the closed roof of Rod Laver Arena. The three-time champion will next face Dinara Safina, who bested fellow Russian Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 7-6 (4) in the other semi.
Apples and oranges: I saw a blog post yesterday talking about whether titles won post-retractable-roof-installation need to be noted in the records as such (i.e., to differentiate those who were able to brave the sun from those who got to play under the shade). Same thing with Wimbledon — a title coming from a match protected from the rain vs. one that had ten rain delays. What do you think? Do these titles need an asterisk? Tell us.
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We’re sad to report that there’s not much going on at the Australian Open online store. We had high hopes for fluffy, bright-colored towels (so far, that’s Roland Garros’ turf), but all we ended up with were two Nike shirts — the AO logo tee and the Roger tee. There was a Rafa tee, but you’re better off buying the other Rafa tee we featured on TSF last week.
We also liked this simple tote (it’ll come in handy for 4th of July, no?).
Browse: Experience the white, blue, and orange overload at www.australianopenshop.com.
(images from the AO Shop)
If you prick her, will she bleed? I’m somewhat relieved that even the superstars are feeling the pinch like the rest of us. At an Aussie Open press conference earlier this week, Serena Williams revealed that she, too, has been cutting back on extravagant purchases as of late. “It’s low tide for me. I’m not out there buying crazy things,” said Serena. “The bag I’m carrying now is worth $12.”
That bag was from American Apparel, who in December posted a 3% gain in same-store sales while everyone else reported double-digit declines. I guess Serena is doing her part to keep them and their sweatshop-free practices afloat! A quick scan of AA goods online brought up the Watery Oversized Tote in black ($65); I think this is the one she’s carrying.
Read up: WWD profiled the company and its skeevy founder, Dov Charney, earlier this month.
Roger Federer‘s current Nike duffel looks dee-lish. If you have a better picture of it, please send my way. (I promise a treat in return!)
Scoreline: The second seed — still not used to typing that — dispatched Italian Andreas Seppi 6-1, 7-6 (4), 7-5 in the first round of the 2009 Australian Open.
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Finishing what they Starter: Earlier this month, NO MAS mastermind Chris Isenberg, the guy who revived Bjorn Borg‘s logo, released his latest collaboration: a limited run of duffel bags created with fashion phenoms Dee and Ricky Jackson (read up). The duo played around with a few of Isenberg’s vintage Starter Jackets, turning them into bags and using the snaps as closures and the trim as the bag’s lining. Isenberg fell in love with the samples and gave over his whole trove of 250 jackets. Each bag will come with a special “Finisher” tag (get it?) and will be hand-signed and numbered by the twins. Buy: Contact NO MAS directly to purchase.
Lanvin’s latest: The man behind Lanvin‘s menswear design, Lucas Ossendrijver, continues to play with traditional lowcut tennis sneakers, following up iterations of satin and suede uppers with this latest nylon version — available in black and grey colorways. Grab yours for an economy-resuscitating $570 at aloharag. (via hypebeast)
Not enough? If Lanvin shoes alone aren’t pimp enough, maybe add some bling?
(OT) A new riot: I love the Hollywood Boulevard store Lallure for a few reasons: first, they’re open ’til 2 am on most days, taking care of my drunk shopping fix; second, they carry some awesome clothes like JOYRICH, Dim Mak, and NIR, which stands for Nu Ideal Riot. This third brand is a Japanese import brought over by Lallure owner Maki Asako that currently focuses on slim-cut outerwear: cardigans, military jackets, hoodies, all with subtle accents like off-center zippers and striped linings. Drop by Lallure or purchase from this e-shop.
Serena Williams toted the Nike Re-issue Travel Club Bag onto Arthur Ashe Stadium during her women’s singles final match against Jelena Jankovic.
As expected, she took care of her Serbian opponent handily, winning 6-4, 7-5 to earn her third U.S. Open title (for a total of nine career majors) and the No. 1 ranking. Congratulations, Serena!
Buy: Nike Re-issue Travel Club Bag, $80.00, nike.com.
(image via nike.com)
Prince plans to release new lines of racquet bags in conjunction with this year’s U.S. Open.
Inspired by Maria Sharapova herself, the new Sharapova Collection will showcase the Russian’s classic elegance through a striking, clean, all-white bag with black Prince logo and accents. Available in a triple and six-pack, both bags in the collection will also feature the iconic Sharapova seal embroidered into the side of the bag.
“The U.S Open is tennis’ biggest stage. The City comes even more alive for those two weeks, with all eyes fixated on Flushing Meadows so it is the perfect place for us to introduce the world to the new collection,” said Maria. “It is always fun to sit with the expert team at Prince and put our heads together to plan, develop and execute new products.”
“Of course my new racquet bag is coordinated with what I will wear on court at the Open, but because of its classic color scheme and clean, simple lines, it looks amazing with nearly every tennis outfit — giving female players a chic looking bag with incredible function.”
The rest of the Prince stable also gets some attention with a new Pro Team 100 line being produced for the Open. Each bag in the line will be made available in two distinct color options — black and green and black and white. While both will have a sleek, classic black base color, one version will feature — for the first time ever — the Prince logo in its updated green colorway accented by silver paneling.
The other version will feature a classic white Prince logo with white accents on the straps and underside. The Pro Team 100 collection comes in a triple, six, and twelve-pack racquet bag; plus a locker bag, wheeled duffle, and a backpack. Both the six and twelve-pack contain a thermal foil lining crucial for increased protection and temperature control.
Who gets what: The racquet each Prince player uses will dictate which version of the bag he or she carries. Those playing the O3 Speedport Black, O3 Speedport White, O3 Speedport Pro White or O3 White will carry the black/white version, while those playing the Ozone Tour, Ozone Pro Tour, O3 Hybrid Tour, and all other O3 models will carry the green/black version.
Players like Nikolay Davydenko, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Sam Querrey, Mike and Bob Bryan, and Jelena Jankovic will all carry their Pro Team 100 bags in events prior to New York.
Jankovic, who plays with the O3 Speedport Pro White, and currently sits at the doorstep of the world’s #1 ranking, will be the first woman on tour to sport the black/white bag.
“My life is pretty much packed into my racquet bag — it is my most valuable piece of luggage,” said Jankovic. “Whether in my hotel room, heading to an early morning workout or in the middle of a night match at the U.S Open, wherever I am, my racquet bag is usually with me so it has to be able to withstand what tennis players put it through, but also look great on court. I love the look and design of this bag line — and am proud and excited to be one of the first to carry the black/white version on tour.”
Buy: Pro Team 100 line and the new Sharapova Collection bags will be in stores starting September 15, 2008; black and white Pro Team version will drop on November 15, 2008. More info about pricing here.
Much like Maria Sharapova’s post-U.S. Open behavior last year, which saw her hanging out at New York fashion week and in Nole‘s player’s box, her early Wimbledon loss quickly turned into cameos at a few places in Paris and London.
She made a showing at the Valentino Fall 2008 couture show — the first one by young designer Alessandra Facchinetti (who replaced the recently retired Valentino Garavani himself). The hyper-embroidered collection reinterpreted the fashion house’s classic silhouettes and included the requisite red dress.
Stella McCartney courted this Maria (instead of her tennis muse, Maria Kirilenko) when she hosted a party at Harvey Nichols‘ Fifth Floor Restaurant to expand her organics collection, which currently includes make-up and lingerie.
Masha showed up in a white chiffon cocktail dress with friend Camilla Belle. Masses of pink peonies occupied the dining room, with each of the lucky guests receiving a bespoke napkin ring embossed with their name.
Eco-conscious: We are sick of green-movement marketing as much as writing off Roger, but Stella’s ahead of the pack. The collection will debut at Harvey Nichols and Stella’s flagship store on London’s Bruton Street in June. It’s will be a 20-piece collection made up of loose tunics, slouchy suits, knits and versatile coats — all exuding Stella’s signature, laid-back look, in her favorite color palette of muted tones, taupe, blush pink, grey and stone. (and FYI, Stella uses wind energy — from the grid — to power her studio and e-commerce site. She also has an option with her online store where you can decide to ship your order carbon neutral.)
LeSportsac: The Spring/Summer 2008 collaboration between McCartney and LeSportsac has been out for a while. If you haven’t had a chance to browse, look at detail shots here and the full collection (shop) here.
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)
Serena Williams‘ warm-up trench jacket got most of the buzz on Wimbledon’s first day (she split it with Roger Federer‘s cream-colored cardigan), so TSF wants to give some love to one of her outfit’s supporting characters: the Nike Heritage Print Club Bag.
The polyester and synthetic leather bag, with its retro print (country flags, newsprint, and a cartoon shoe airplane), brought a little spunk to her classy white ensemble.
Buy: Nike Heritage Print Club Bag, $80, nike.com.
(images from nike.com; Serena photo by Getty Images via Daily Mail)
>> TSF’s wimbledon coverage
Maria Sharapova and Sony Ericsson gathered an international group of journalists Thursday for the unveiling of the Maria Sharapova Design Collection in London.
The four main pieces: the IDC-34 Travel Wallet, the IDC-33 Party Bag, the IDC-31 Courtside Case (all above), and the IDC-32 Exercise case below.
The showed the accessories used in three different settings: sporty, casual, and evening. They used a grey, pink, and brown color palette for the collection. The logo is a combination of a heart and an “S” (for Sharapova — get it?). Trying to get an image of that logo for you guys.
More: See a few more pictures afer the cut…
Roger Federer may never show off a six-pack on the court — leave that to the likes of Juan Monaco, please — so he might as well settle for the next best thing: Wilson has produced a limited-edition Super Six racquet bag in his name. The world No. 1 will sport this accessory from Wimbledon through the U.S. Open.
The sextuple-wide carrier features a Swiss flag and an embroidery of Roger’s chicken scratch. The red and black color blocks aren’t exactly Wimbledon-friendly, but I’m pretty sure that his other Centre Court tote, the Nike duffel, will fulfill this requirement.
Don’t worry, Roger… you still have the best pecs on tour.
More info: The bag ships this week. www.wilson.com
>> TSF’s wimbledon coverage continues…
Okay, so there is one part of Roger Federer‘s French Open kit that Nike didn’t tone down — look at his bright red duffel!
What do you think of the bag? Tell us!
Thanks again to Tennishead for helping us out with these wonderful pictures. This UK-based tennis portal has deployed a bunch of folks to photograph and write about Roland Garros. Check out their coverage at Tennishead.net.
(photo by Tennishead for TSF)
Probable finalist Jelena Jankovic began her French Open fortnight with a two-set match against Monica Niculescu. The World No. 3 won the first set tiebreak 7-3 and breezed through the second, 6-2. Jelena wore the summer version of Reebok‘s RBK Pro Tradition Dress in Spa Blue.
Buy: RBK Pro Tradition Dress, $39.99 at TW.com.
That nail polish is the same shade as the Louboutins she rocked at the Australian Open!
Thanks to Tennishead for snapping this photo of Jelena’s bag especially for TSF. Tennishead is a tennis portal out of the UK. You should check them out for their daily updated coverage from Roland Garros.
(photos by Getty Images and Tennishead for TSF)
If you’re Maria Sharapova, there is really only one way to announce your withdrawal from the Italian Open in Rome:
First, you wear a tank designed by your gal pal Camilla Belle in collaboration with Brazilian designer Carlos Miele to benefit Rainforest Foundation US. FYI, the shirt reads “The death of the forest is the end of our life,” a quote by environmental activist Sister Dorothy Stang.
You round that out by carrying a Large Muse Two from Yves Saint Laurent.
Buy: The YSL bag, with croc-embossed leather and beige canvas, is available for $1,895 at YSL.com.
You can pick up the rainforest tee here (the tank version is also available). The pieces, along with those designed by actress Scarlett Johansson and model Caroline Trentini, are also for sale at Carlos Miele boutiques.
More: Learn more about Rainforest Foundation US.
(photo by Getty Images; additional info by The Purse Blog)
The loss of Roger Federer to Andy Roddick at last week’s Sony Ericsson Open created a vacuum in fashionable men’s tennis gear, but Rafael Nadal quickly stepped up to the plate. Fortunately for TSF, some good screencaps by the folks at VamosBrigade.com (plus photojournalists at the tourney) have given us a good look at Rafa’s head-to-toe Nike kit for the week.
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Here are pics from match I ended on Sunday, March 16, between Roger Federer and Guillermo Garcia Lopez. This was my first time seeing Roger play. Gigi probably didn’t push him to his best tennis, but the Spaniard put up a good fight.
Cute: A new grey track jacket from Nike.
He sticks with the Aussie Open blue polo and trades in for white shorts. This will transition into the white shorts he’ll be wearing next week in Miami.
Another duffel: I didn’t have my binoculars with me, so I couldn’t figure out the specifics of that red and grey duffel he had with him (the one near his right foot). If anyone has info, e-mail me.
These guys in the next section over from me were fussing over their banner all throughout the match.
(photos by Getty Images)