Archive for June, 2008

kudos to james blake

June 26, 2008

Kudos to James Blake for finally deciding to cover up his arms, trading his usual Nike Global Power Sleeveless Top for the much classier and cleaner Dri-FIT London Polo shirt. (That terry cloth headband is another story.)

Good choice, since his musculos would forever be in the shadow of Rafa‘s anyway. He should take advantage of his model looks and rock his own Nike style.

TSF wished to see James play a few more rounds at Wimbledon, but today he lost in his second match, to Rainer Schuettler of Germany 3-6, 7-6 (10-8), 6-4, 4-6, 4-6.

Buy: Nike London Polo in white, Comet Red, and Dark Obsidian, $65; Swoosh headband in blue, $4.50.

(photo by Getty Images)

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maria’s wimbledon outfit: a sketch

June 26, 2008

(via Daily Mail)

Holy fcuk!

June 26, 2008

French Connection, from whose teat TSF sucked a LOT of clothes, makes an appearance at these Wimbledon championships on British player Elena Baltacha. I never would have thought that their in-your-face branding campaign (“FCUK”, which stands for French Connection United Kingdom) could have a place in the hallowed grounds of this uber-traditional event.

But I guess an almost-obscenity is on par with mensy-looking get-up Dominika Cibulkova wore for her first round match against Jie Zheng. (Zheng won 6-4, 6-3.) Cibulkova subs for Tati Golovin as the 2008 Lacoste bunny. Sadly, this flashy underwear is now year-old news.

Browse: You can check out the latest offerings from the FCUK online store here.

(player photos by Getty Images; FCUK banner by fcuk.com)

Cardigans aren’t Roddick’s style

June 26, 2008

Second round Wimbledon loser Andy Roddick isn’t about high tennis fashion. He didn’t join fellow Lacoste-sponsored Richard Gasquet in rocking that warm-up pullover (I’m still awaiting pictures, folks!), and he doesn’t go for a “Mr. Rogers” look like Federer.

Instead, he prefers to show skin. He and fiancee Brooklyn Decker are on the same boat.

That’s young love for ya.

(photos by Getty Images)

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“I don’t like her outfit”

June 26, 2008

As much as we celebrated all the fashion being paraded at this year’s tournament, there are folks who thought it a little too much for the event.

First, of course, is the grumpster Andy Roddick. Here he is dismissing Roger Federer‘s cardigan after defeating Schwank:

Q. The guy on the BBC as you walked off the court asked you about cardigans, all that stuff. Everybody has been talking about fashion, both men and women. Do you think that’s sort of like, Who cares? Do you enjoy the whole atmosphere here with that?

ANDY RODDICK: I personally don’t care. But, you know, if it gets — you know, I think any attention drawn to tennis for whatever reason is good. If that means wearing the Mr. Rogers’ sweater, whatever else you got, then so be it. I don’t know if it would be a good look for me or any of my friends – or relatives (smiling).

And now 20-year-old Russian Alla Kudryavtseva took her dislike of compatriot Maria Sharapova’s elaborate Nike outfit all the way to the winner’s circle. She upset the 2008 Australian Open champ 6-2, 6-4 in the second round.

“I don’t like her outfit,” Kudryavtseva said. “It was one of the motivations to beat her.” Ouch.

FYI, Alla wore a simple tennis dress (white with red trim) from Prince.

(photos by Getty Images)

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Make that two less dresses

June 26, 2008

Upsets abound at Wimbledon, even in the fashion department. First it was Akiko Morigami‘s withdrawal from the tournament, and now this: there was a miscommunication in the ranks at Fila that kept Agi Szavay from being properly fitted for her gorgeous Wimbledon halter dress they designed for her. Alas, this left her wearing separates at this year’s tourney.

But not to worry; while she might not be able to flaunt her curves the way she likes to, the Summer Collezione V-Neck Tank, with its gathered fabric bust detail, looks elegant from all angles of view.

Scoreline: The Hungarian is through to the third round of Wimbledon after defeating Monica Niculescu 5-7, 7-5, 6-2. She’ll face Anabel Medina Garrigues in the fourth round.

Buy: Fila Summer Collezione Tank, available in white and coral colorways, $39.99, TW.com.

More pics: One more pic of Agi’s outfit, this time from the back

buhskyooze: tipsarevic downs roddick

June 26, 2008

The Fila-clad Janko Tipsarevic shook up the men’s draw by beating Andy Roddick in the second round 6-7 (5) 7-5 6-4 7-6 (4), thus denying the American a third round berth for the first time in his eight years participating at The Championships.

Janko needs a haircut.

(photo by Getty Images)

searching for gasquet’s lacoste pullover

June 25, 2008

Can anyone help me out with a picture of Richard Gasquet‘s pullover — the one he wore before his Wimbledon match against Mardy Fish?

Please email to erwin.c.ong AT gmail DOT com

Thankiessssss.

feminine jewelry to match sharapova’s masculine outfit

June 24, 2008

Tiffany & Co. continues its Grand Slam jewelry partnership with Maria Sharapova by dressing her lobes with these Swing Triple drop earrings.

The brilliant pair (made with diamonds and platinum) complemented Maria’s Nike tuxedo-inspired outfit, both of which showcased the Russian’s fashion sensibilities in her first-round Wimbledon win over Frenchwoman Stephanie Foretz. Maria beat the qualifier 6-1, 6-4.

Buy: Tiffany Swing Triple drop earrings, $5,000, tiffany.com.

(image courtesy of Tiffany & Co.; Maria photo by Getty Images)

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for serena, there’s more besides the trench coat

June 24, 2008

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)

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sharapova’s sheer beauty

June 24, 2008

Maria Sharapova walked onto Court One for her first round match in this 2008 Wimbledon tournament wearing an ensemble from the Nike White/Gold Wimbledon collection. Finally, the menswear-themed outfit she’d revealed a few days ago was in full display.

The jacket is a single-breasted white warm-up with gold stitching on the collar lapel and front edge; plus a tie belt. What an excellent progression from her French Open windbreaker capelet earlier this month.

“I love men’s wear in general,” Sharapova said Tuesday after beating French qualifier Stephanie Foretz 6-1, 6-4 in the first round. “I love tuxedo jackets.”

For whatever reason, she omitted the wide-leg trousers from the warm-up sequence. We’ll see if it makes an appearance in a later round.

And her sheer racerback top turns tuxedo with a bib front. Her low-rise shorts have a wide-tailored waistband (with tab closure), pinstripes, and gold-stitched buttons.

So why all this fancy schmancy tailoring? In a press release, Nike mentioned that Maria’s attire was inspired by London’s history of bespoke tailoring.

More pictures: Of her blouse as seen from the back, her shoes, and her bag. Plus buying information, all after the cut…

le sigh: one less dress to see

June 24, 2008

I haven’t been able to do much writing these last few days (my day job is actually making me work), and trust me it’s been hard not to talk about Roger‘s cardigan, Masha‘s tux, Serena‘s Mackintosh, and all the other good stuff. I’ll post them later this week, though.

In the meantime, I just want to express my sadness that one of the TSF faves, Akiko Morigami, will not be strutting her Fila Japan stuff at this year’s tourney. She withdrew with a knee injury; Renato Voracova replaced her.

Get well soon!

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putting terra cotta to good use

June 23, 2008

Lest you thought those ATP terra cotta warriors — created by Laury Dizengremel for the 2007 Tennis Masters Cup — were languishing in storage (or were being used to plug leaks in the Three Gorges Dam), I can assure you that the statues are being put to good use. They’re making appearances at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club for this year’s Wimbledon tournament.

(photo by Getty Images)

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Cashing in his ass(ets)

June 23, 2008

BBC Radio personality Simon Mayo teamed up with Pat Cash to show off the network’s Wimbledon coverage for the upcoming fortnight. (Check out the website here.)

Cash takes it a step further by recreating a famous tennis girl pose. I’m not usually an ass man, but this made me do a double-take. If you need evidence for the physical benefits of playing tennis, here it is. NSFW after the cut…

fashion focus: nike digs into adidas archives for maria’s wimbledon kit

June 22, 2008

Maria Sharapova recently confirmed that she’ll mix up her Grand Slam outfits at this year’s Wimbledon by wearing shorts; she has so far only worn dresses to these big events.

The sleeveless pleated tuxedo top and the tailored shorts are perfect for the most formal of the Grand Slams, but we’re a little disappointed that this looks like Maria Kirilenko‘s 2007 outfit: the tuxedo shirt dress from adidas by Stella McCartney.

What do you think of Sharapova’s kit?

(images via prodirecttennis.com)

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roger federer’s all-white attire

June 22, 2008

We’re very much looking forward to what Nike has in store for Roger Federer at this year’s Wimbledon. The pictures are out (see above), but they always leave some details to the very last second.

Roger will likely wear the white bandana (with gold swoosh) that he’s worn during practice, plus the white double wristband (with black stripes). What we still don’t know is what color the swoosh will be on his monogrammed Control Polo and Control Shorts.

(preview image by Nike via pwp.com; RF image via MTF)

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fashion focus: venus takes control of her wimbledon destiny

June 22, 2008

Venus Williams will step onto Centre Court wearing an EleVen dress of her own design. Not a bad way to defend a Wimbledon title, no? (Alas, no more Reebok hot pants!)

Venus’ design stays with a simple silhouette but shows sophistication with the gathered fabric on its v-strap.

The dress will be included in a new selection of EleVen pieces that will drop at Steve & Barry’s stores in July.

(image via Steve and Barry’s)

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stateside strawberries and cream

June 22, 2008

In an effort to get buzz going for Wimbledon, tourney sponsor HSBC got Monica Seles and Jim Courier playing mini-matches in front of four of the bank’s locations in Manhattan this past Thursday. Justin Gimelstob refereed the matches, which were played on a portable green (astroturf?) court.

If you’re in New York for the next two weeks, HSBC will have Strawberries and Cream carts in front of many of their branches, where trained staff (in traditional Wimbledon attire, of course) will serve the dessert to passers-by.

(photo by PR photos)

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and so it begins: roger federer’s wimbledon shoes

June 22, 2008

It really warms my cockles that the sports photographers are now in on making sure that Roger Federer‘s ornate Nike kits get documented for posterity.

In this year’s version, they go with a white/gold colorway for his Vapors. The “5″ on the back of his right shoe stands for the number of times he’s won Wimbledon. The left shoe will feature his “RF” logo, also in gold.

(See last year’s shoes here.)

(photo by Getty Images)

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maria and flavia qualify for wimbledon doubles

June 21, 2008

Congrats to the newish doubles team of Flavia Pennetta and Maria Kirilenko. They qualified for Wimbledon in their third competition together (won Estoril and reached the second round at the French).

And of course Maria looks super-cute in her adidas by Stella McCartney get-up. (That’s the midlayer jacket.)

I don’t think I’ve seen this scoop neck long-sleeved top before… is it from the current season?

(photos by Getty Images)

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