wimbledon: the 'iron chef' of tennis fashion

As I mentioned to Rick Stiles last week, I like calling Wimbledon the Iron Chef of tennis fashion. The theme ingredient is white, and players step up to the challenge with well-designed ensembles: some choose accent colors (gold, blue, red), others accessories (blazers, bandanas, wristbands), while others lean towards varying their hemlines, dress patterns, and fabrics.

I’ve been previewing the outfits for the last two weeks, and there’s so much more to cover. (I’m so excited!) I’ll post pics as they come in, and you can always catch up through the archives. In the meantime, here are some fashion bits.

The Italians band together: Fashion house Dolce & Gabanna will outfit ATP player Filippo Volandri for the tournament, giving him a respite from being overshadowed by fellow Sergio Tacchini-sponsored Tommy Robredo. (via wtopnews.com)

Sharapova’s dress is “‘Swan Lake’-inspired”: Masha says that when her coach saw the Nike dress she’ll be wearing this year, he started feeding it bread. It should look closer to this than what Bjork wore to the Oscars, I’m sure. (Wimbledon website)

With Twags in tow: That’s “tennis wives and girlfriends” to those “NITK” (that’s “not in the know”). A brilliant style-focused piece by The Independent that gets us up-to-date on who’s dating or married to whom in the tennis world.

Don’t add insult to injury: Telegraph‘s Bee Shaffer knocks Andy Murray‘s look, saying that “Scottish flag wristbands don’t count as personal style”. While he hasn’t quite harnessed the full potential of being backed by Fred Perry, he was at least smart enough to start the alliance. Give him some time to blossom.

How will we know who’s who?: Stretch and Booty, aka Jamie Murray and Eric Butorac, per ITF rules, will be without their usual uniforms for the Wimbledon doubles tournament. Jamie blogged about it for the Guardian.

On ruffled, lace-trimmed knickers: Here’s a profile in The Herald of Gertrude “Gorgeous Gussie” Moran, the woman whose underwear launched a thousand shutter clicks (and a BBC ban to keep cameras from sighting below a player’s waist).

On short shorts: Profile number two is on Jack Kramer, the first man to win Wimbledon not in pants. (Telegraph)

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