fashion focus: fila’s last stand



Stopping on a quarter: The dream run of Jelena Dokic at the 2009 Australian Open ended in the quarterfinals at the hands of No. 3 Dinara Safina. (By the way, TSF is picking Marat‘s younger sister to face Serena Williams in Saturday’s final.)

With Dokic’s amazing performance came a chance for Fila to showcase their spring women’s collection. We’re not going to lie — it’s taking us some time to warm up to it. The season’s loud print worked best as trim and accents on solid-colored pieces — this is no Cavalli runway show, after all — worn by Dokic and Anna Chakvetadze in their second-round match. Dokic won 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-3.

Up close: See pics of Fila girls Anna, Jelena, and Svetlana Kuznetsova after the cut…


Jelena’s restrained top — with the graphic print on the yoke — reflects the week she’s had; every post-match celebration was tempered by the same questions that had haunted her in the last few years: ones about her abusive father, Damir Dokic, and her fall from the near-top of women’s tennis. (When are we giving this girl a break?!)


And Chakvetadze’s first official Fila obligation had her donning aqua-hued sleeveless tank. A panel of ecru fabric on the back of the tank adds more pop to this outfit. We also like the length (and width) of her skirt’s pleats.


Sorry, Svetlana, you didn’t make the cut. Should’ve gone with a pastel-colored bra.

Buy: Fila’s Women’s Winter Baseline goods aren’t quite ready for general consumption. We’ll let you know when it is. Edit: We’ve just been told that these’ll be available at by mid-February and at Tennis Warehouse by that month’s end.

(images via Getty Images)


2 Responses to “fashion focus: fila’s last stand”

  1. Kaiday Says:

    Dokic is great, but Fila needs to fire whoever designed that t-shirt outfit. It looks like they raided Jen Capriati’s closet in the early 1990’s.

  2. freakyfrites Says:

    Maybe Dokic “sold it”, but by the end of her run I actually liked the outfit. The print is definitely suspect, but as a whole the look is immensely wearable. The skirt falls past the butt cheeks and the top isn’t belly baring. Meaning it’s something I wouldn’t be embarrassed to wear to my tennis lesson!

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