Archive for July 16th, 2007

marat’s so close yet so far away, aka “i drown myself in fila”

July 16, 2007

Marat Safin is as close to me as he’ll ever be. He’s playing at the Countrywide Classic at UCLA — a mere fifteen minutes from my office. I can almost hear him break his racquets from where I’m sitting. Alas, I can’t afford tickets right now. Le sigh. (Hopefully Kat will send me updates from the stands?)

In the meantime I will drown my sorrows in some Fila. A quick e-mail to their headquarters revealed info about Akiko Morigami‘s kit from Wimbledon. Her clothing sponsor, Fila Japan, designed a special make-up for her that sold exclusively in that country.


The line’s called Classico. They do a good job mixing feminine feel with athletic wear by incorporating lacework and ruffles into the pieces. What do you think of the collection? Tell us.

See detail photos after the cut…


target launches GO: Libertine collection

July 16, 2007


(That’s Maria Sharapova at a preview party for Target’s GO: Libertine collection, hosted in May at the Los Angeles home of Johnson Hartig.)

Fashionistas rejoiced today as the mass retailer — who’s partnered with such labels as Paul & Joe, Patrick Johnson, Stella McCartney, and Luella Bartley — launched this latest Design For All collaboration on the web and in stores. But some recoiled because this line once only available to the elite will make its way to the farthest reaches of suburbia.

Hartig and Cindy Greene, the bi-coastal design duo behind Libertine (read up on them here), created a collection combining a vintage aesthetic and prepster chic “with bold colors, iconic graphics, rich fabrics and classic silhouettes.”

The collection ranges in prices from $12.99 – $39.99, and includes the line includes both summer stapes (bermuda shorts, pleated skirts, etc.) and fun pieces such as shirtdresses, silk bow-front blouses, cropped jackets, and silk scarves.

Hey, what about the guys?: As usual, Target has left out the guys. Distract yourselves by browsing Miami-based designer Tomas Maier‘s latest collection. Some of those swim shorts look pretty good…

(via Target)

>> photos for teen vogue‘s libertine party
>> maria sharapova archive
>> stella mccartney for target australia

fed cup fashion: venus vs. anna chakvetadze

July 16, 2007

Lots of Fed Cup action this weekend… the U.S. lost to an equally-thinned out Russian team in one semi, and the Italians beat France 3-2, giving them a chance to defend their title.



Best dressed match: The rubber between Venus and Russian Anna Chakvetadze. Venus wore a Reebok pleated skirt and some Indian-style earrings, while Anna wore the adidas Summer YOC tank in purple. Totally cutesies.

Honorable mention: The light blue kits that Lacoste put on Nathalie Dechy and Severine Bremond.

Question: Does anyone know who Meilen Tu‘s clothing sponsor is? Its logo looks like a griffin…

Buy: You can buy Anna’s YOC tank at Tennis Warehouse.

FYI: Along with this year’s seminfinalists, Israel, China, Germany, and Spain all qualified to participate in next year’s World Group.

trophy watch: the swiss and swedes got it right + hall of fame

July 16, 2007

While the women of France were busy representing their country in a Fed Cup tie against Italy (alas, they lost), the men were busy in finals; three of the six ATP-ers vying for titles were French: Fabrice Santoro, Nicolas Mahut, and Paul-Henri Mathieu. Félicitacions!


At the Swiss Open orangefest, Mathieu (in adidas) lugs home a piece of rock for beating Andreas Seppi (wearing Fila)…


… and Santoro won the Hall of Fame Championships over mutton-chopped Mahut. (Mahut had a very good grass season… remember he lost to Andy Roddick in the Queen’s Club final? Here’s his very gracious post-match interview.)


David Ferrer (in Lotto) wins what looks like a deer enveloped in crystal at the Swedish Open. He dropped only three games in his final match against Nicolas Almagro.

See more trophy photos (plus the Hall of Fame induction) after the cut…

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