Archive for August 23rd, 2007

sharapova + peter som: tennis and fashion collide in NYC

August 23, 2007

Maria Sharapova tonight attended an auction in New York hosted by Land Rover. She looked gorgeous in her green Peter Som dress and shoes from the designer’s Fall/Winter 2007 collection.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Maria Sharapova Foundation.

Bonus round: Learn more about designer Som, whose celebrity following includes Sharapova gal pal Camilla Bell.

(Masha photos via AP, Peter Som photo via

>> fashion focus: sharapova’s u.s. open day dress
>> fashion preview: sharapova’s U.S. Open dresses
>> TSF’s u.s. open coverage continues…


fashion preview: venus’ u.s. open outfits

August 23, 2007

Funny that this morning I was wondering what Reebok was making for Venus to wear at this year’s U.S. Open. As you might know, Venus’ crazy sponsorship deal — which paid $40 million over five years starting in 2000 — wasn’t renewed because of all her injuries (poor thing). But she had worked out a deal that paid her to wear these short shorts at Wimbledon.

Now she’s bounced back by partnering up with Steve & Barry’s for her clothing line EleVen (at an announcement that overshadowed the Masha/Nike red dress junket yesterday, I might add). Venus will wear some of pieces on the court in Flushing Meadows, including this dress and $15 (!) pair of shoes above.

I think that color will look good on her. And I LOVE the collar on that sleeveless top. Brava!

Bonus round: CNBC’s Darren Rovell did a great interview with Howard Schacter, Steve & Barry’s Chief Partnerships Officer. Read it here.

fashion focus: sharapova’s u.s. open day dress + where’s the “skyline”?

August 23, 2007

Here’s a picture of the day dress that Nike designed for Sharapova to wear at this year’s U.S. Open. As we reported earlier, it has a black and white design depicting the New York skyline. It’s really cute!

I thought the dress merited as much attention as the coral (night match) dress that Sharapova wore to the junket. Instead, it got relegated to the mannequins along with Masha’s past fashion hits.

Skyline? What skyline?: I received a few e-mails wondering how the 600 Swarovski crystals formed a skyline on the red night match dress. It’ll make more sense if you think of it a bird’s eye view of Manhattan. The image displayed on that flatscreen above should help you out.

(day dress photo by Getty Images, night dress photo by Nike)

short balls: remembering tim, reminiscing about romance, reviewing hewitt’s strategy

August 23, 2007

From feuds to flames: Last week RL looked at the biggest publicized spats in tennis, and this week the Times looks at its most famous couplings. While Hingis and Evert each have three listings (the Swiss Miss with Sergio Garcia, Radek Stepanek, and footballer Sol Campbell; Evert with Greg Norman, a betrayed John Lloyd, and Jimmy Connors), Anna Kournikova takes the cake with the only listing for a love triangle (see #2). [via Kenneth in the (212)]

Remembering Tim: The Guardian‘s Richard Williams is already writing the eulogy for Tim Henman‘s career. Recent reports suggest the end is nigh. Wait — there ya go. We’ll miss you, Tim!

Bonus round: Read up on Tim’s career highlights.

Hewitt at his heels: How to beat World No. 1 Federer, by written by Lleyton Hewitt. And you know what? It worked.

Yay: Congrats to Donald Young for winning his first ATP-level match in 12 tries. He was beaten in the next round by Nikolay Davydenko, who’s been in first-round purgatory himself for these last few months. (via ZooTennis)

How do the blind watch tennis?: Check out this fun post over at Tennis Diary.

choose your own adventure: juan monaco

August 23, 2007

You can file this one away under “What you see is what you get” — really, there’s something for everyone!

I’ve been told by a few folks that Juan Monaco isn’t wearing a jock in this photo. But I can’t tell. Can you?

Don’t strain your eyes trying to figure it out!

fashion: Venus dabbles in low-end retail with Steve & Barry’s line

August 23, 2007

Venus Williams has already done time dabbling with couture: she’s in fashion school (almost done) and she wears them on the court (remember Diane von Furstenberg-designed Wimbledon dress?).

Now she’s ready for the other end of the spectrum. Her EleVen line with low-end retailer Steve & Barry’s will drop in November. This is S&B’s third collaboration with a female star (following Sarah Jessica Parker‘s “Bitten” and the “Dear” collection with Amanda Bynes) and the second involving an athlete (Starbury shoes are the first).

EleVen’s launch collection comes with more than 120 pieces, and covers a wide spectrum, from performance apparel to loungewear, accessories and footwear. Looks include cool sneakers for a variety of active fields, velour tracksuits, pleated tennis skirts, fleece jackets, graphic T-shirts and even sports socks and bras. Sneaker styles are named after tennis terms such as Ace, Deuce and Swing. Many of the items are versatile in nature and can be worn to work out or go out in. Like Steve & Barry’s other lines, every piece is priced at $19.98 or less, and Williams is expected to wear much of it during the U.S. Open, including the sleek Court sneakers, which sell for $14.98.

What’s in a name?: The line’s name is derived from Venus’ address in Compton, Calif. (where she grew up).

If you can’t wait: As a promotion for the U.S. Open, the Steve & Barry’s at the Manhattan Mall will have 100 pairs of the line’s Court Shoes on sale tomorrow.

(WWD via nitro:licious)

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