fashion focus: lacoste’s fall tennis offerings

Lacoste has finally dropped its fall goods, including some items specific to the U.S. Open (just around the corner!). We also get a preview of what the sexy Dominika Cibulkova and other Lacoste ladies will likely be wearing in Queens.

These separates are highlighted by keyhole detail on the sleeves and contrasting white bands on the sleeves and the ribbed banded hem. A very simple design with enough accents to be sophisticated.

What do you think of this dress? Tell us!

And they go for weathered screenprinting (and large crocs) their fall graphic tees.

Buy: Micro Pique Contrast Tipped tee, Ouessant Blue, $68; Interlock skirt, Ouessant Blue, $125; pique headband in Sesame Yellow, Autumn Crocus Pink, and Mariner Blue; $14; Distressed Logo Shirt, Astronomy Blue/Sap Green, $35; Croc Logo tee, Blue/White/Pink, $35. All available at lacoste.com.

(images by Lacoste)

books: any BJK fans out there? + the tennis olympic book is not available for sale :(

The Borders Columbus Circle will hold a discussion/book signing with Billie Jean King next week. In her new book, Pressure is a Privilege, the tennis legend shares life sessons that led to her success in the Battle of the Sexes match, in sports, and in the world at large. Heck, she got a tennis complex named after her; she has to be doing something right!

Deets: Billie Jean King discussion and book signing for Pressure is a Privilege (Lifetime Media Inc., $19.95) on Tuesday, August 19 at 7pm.; Borders Columbus Circle in the Time Warner Center; 212.823.9775.

That sexy tennis photobook that the ITF published in time for the Beijing Olympics is not for sale. A limited number of books were produced as a media gift and that’s about it.

have you bought a lottery ticket this week?

Leave the suit at home: Our favorite tennis commentator, Mary Carillo, gets glammed up during her time in front of the camera at the Beijing Olympics. She, along with a other analysts covering the for the U.S. market (including Melissa Stark, Alex Flanagan, and Lindsay Czarniak), got outfits especially designed by label Ports 1961.

I think she looks pretty good. What do you think? Tell us!

“When I was first approached to create a capsule collection for the NBC Olympic commentators, I was honored,” said Ports 1961 creative director Tia Cibani. Cibani honed her design aesthetic in China during the nineties (while working under then-design heads Dean and Dan Caten).

This collaboration was announced last month along with the release of these sketches above.

Know your Ports: See Ports 1961’s Fall 2008 and Resort 2009 collections. (via NY)

(screengrab source: TF)

at the opening ceremonies, asian inspiration

Best in show: The Swedes used their flag’s blue and yellow palette on a mandarin collar dress worn as a top over white pants. LOVE IT. Bonus points for the paper fan.

The men wore a similar color scheme under a blue jacket.

The French women failed at their attempt to fuse Asian and French fashion with their uniforms. (but they did so well with Vietnamese cuisine!). In this case the sashes and berets do not mix. Thankfully, the men tempered this with a classic blazer-and-skinny-pants outfit.

The Hudson Bay Company clothed the Canadian athletes in a Chinese-inspired red/white graphic polo with matching messenger bags.

A close-up of their maple leaf sneakers.

(Images by Getty Images)

I’m a milkmaid from the future. I come in peace.

Jelena Jankovic wore a specially designed red dress for the her opening Olympic singles match, beating Zimbabwe’s Cara Black 6-3, 6-3. The Reebok dress’ loudest feature is a laurel wreath design on the front.

“It’s a special dress for the Olympics. So it’s quite cool. I received a lot of compliments from the girls and from the people around here,” she said. “It’s a little bit different to what I used to wear. But you get so wet from sweating. That’s not so nice — too much humidity!”

More: Two more pics after the cut…

olympics: nike in red, white, and blue

TSF’s sad that we won’t get to see Maria Sharapova in her kit for the Beijing Olympics. So we’ll have to do with what we’re given:

Serena Williams wears a patriotic version of the Doubles Dress that she debuted earlier this year. In her first Olympics singles match ever (she won gold in doubles with Venus in 2000), she took out Olga Govortsova of Belarus 6-3, 6-1.

Zheng Jie took advantage of playing on her home court in her win over Hungarian Agnes Szavay.

Notice the ghosted pattern on the back panel of the top. (Thanks for a reader’s help with this one.)

Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova brushed aside veteran Ai Sugiyama 6-2 7-5.

(images via Getty Images)