fashion focus: cibulkova’s lacoste outfit has us seeing spots

Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova adds to her strong year (two finals — Amelia Island and Toronto) by dispatching world No. 5 and reigning French Open champ Ana Ivanovic 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 in the second round of the Kremlin Cup. She showed up the Serb (sorry, Ana) by wearing a simple white Lacoste tennis dress trimmed with slate.

And in her loss to Beijing bronze medalist Vera Zvonareva in the following round, she traded her dress for the Interlock Skirt and a Dot-Printed polo.

Buy: Lacoste V-neck Dot Print dress, $145, lacoste.com.

One more look: See the polka dot detail on Dominika’s polo after the cut…

not even all the lunges in the world…

Guillermo Canas might have gotten mugged near his parents’ home in Buenos Aires last month, but his attackers left him with his best, uhm, asset.

The Argentine has switches to an orange version of his Topper kit (he was wearing black/red at the U.S. Open), playing at this week’s Bank Austria-TennisTrophy in Vienna.

Score: Canas lost to the pompadoured Fernando Verdasco in the second round 6-1, 6-2.

More: A closer look at his shirt after the cut…

serbia’s greatest export

Who knew that Victor Troicki could be as animated as his fellow Serbian, Novak Djokovic?

It’s hard to contain his excitement, perhaps, of finally making some noise in these past few weeks; he’s reached back-to-back quarterfinals, first losing to Andy Roddick at the Japan Open 6-3, 6-4 and then to German Mischa Zverev 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.

Now that he’s shown us a full range of facial expressions, we can’t wait to see him battle Nole in the striptease competition.

Rest o’ the draw: The semis — Santoro‘s through after Mathieu retired, and will face either Kunitysn or the gorgeous Chardy. Meanwhile, Kolya and Marat (de facto final?) are duking it out to see who’ll take on Zverev.

More: See more of Troicki’s fun faces after the cut…

Cultural Learnings of Venus for Make Benefit Glorious Clothing of EleVen

Venus Williams followed in the footsteps of Serena‘s early round Stuttgart exit last week by tripping on her own opening match at this week’s Kremlin Cup in Moscow. The American lost to Flavia Pennetta 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 — but not before showing off her latest EleVen design.

Inspired by Borat, perhaps? Or maybe John Mayer

(photos by Getty Images)

fashion focus: clavicles and class for nike’s holiday ’08 collection

A quick look: The men’s stuff keep us bored, but the women continue with the refined stylish designs that started with that Serena Bow Dress from the U.S. Open ’07 and the Masha librarian look at the YEC in December.

First, the mens…

A ho-hum collection still featuring the current fireworks/superpower graphics on the Dri-FIT Power tank — the one currently sported by Juan Martin del Potro — and contrast inserts in the Power and Advantage lines. Colors are University (light blue), Obsidian (navy), Comet (red), black, and white.

What we do like is this Federer Master Polo, with the placket stretching all the way down the front — reminiscent of a skinny-tied schoolboy uniform. (Also, it takes us back to one of Patrick Rafter‘s weirder shirts from Wimbledon ’04.)

What do you think of the Master Polo? Tell us!

Dress up your clavicles: The designers in Portland are giving much love to collarbones for this year-end collection, placing the swoosh super-high up on the Resort Polos and the accenting the Heritage Jacket with a similarly placed horizontal detail on the right chest.

Buy: Master Polo, $65; Resort Polo, in White/Dark Obsidian and Matte Silver/Anthracite, $60; Heritage Jacket, Black and White, $60.

Meanwhile, the women are pulling off more classy-but-sexy outfits with their pieces for the season. The standard issue Athlete Dress overwhelms with its constrast straps and collar detail, but makes up for it with a sexy mesh layer for a nightie-like effect. And they’ve brought in the fall versions of the Athlete Short Sleeve top, with its novel v-neck and body-mapped mosaic designs. (The latter is what Li Na wore when she toppled top seed Serena in Stuttgart last week.)

Sharapova: For the holidays, Nike blessed Masha with simple separates. Thick pleats and a wide contrast band on the hem are order of the day for her Day Skirt, and the matching top has a corresponding contrast block across the bust.

Serena: What the Court Tank lacks in detail is made up for by the tiered ruffles (with contrast hem, of course) on the Court Skirt.

Resort: And the Resort Tee, with its metallic and whimsical tennis racquet print, looks like it came right out of the Fila Japan lookbook. (Trust me, that’s a good thing!)

Buy: Resort Tee, Charcoal/Berry, Matte Silver/Marina, and white, $30; Sharapova Day Tank, $65; Sharapova Day Skirt, $65; Court Tank, $60; and Court Skirt, $60; Sharapova and Court separates available in Black, White/Aqua Grey, Berry/Light Taupe, and Aqua Grey/Black.

(images from midwestsports.com)

oh, mirka! how soon will wedding bells ring?

Perhaps the recent wedding attended by Roger Federer and Mirka Vavrinec — that of Roger’s childhood friend Reto Staubli in Mallorca — are getting tennis’ first (second?) couple thinking about walking down the aisle?

After a seesaw 2008 that started with mono and bookended by a fifth U.S. Open title, the world No. 2 has withdrawn from this week’s ATP tour stop in Stockholm.

“In order to [remain at the top of the game], I need to get a proper rest and get strong again so that I am 100% fit for the remainder of the year or next year,” he told the press. “At this point, I am not sure when I will be ready to play again, but I hope to be back at some point before the end of the year.”

With Rafa Nadal also declining to play, this leaves the tourney with seventh-ranked David Nalbandian as the top seed.

So now that Roger’s scaling back tennis, he’s back in Dubai browsing jewelry with Mirka at the Atlantis resort in the Palm Jumeirah. Items considered: a 60-carat D Flawless diamond ring and a more modest 15-carat pink cushion-cut.

I can’t wait to see what they end up with…

(photos via MTF)

let bjorn borg be your pimp

As you may already know, Bjorn Borg and his empire wants us all to live in peace, and one way he’ll make us reach this Zen state is by getting us a little lovin’.

The Swedish style god has ventured into the social networking fray with his very own dating site, Love For All.

How it works: after answering a few madlib-style questions about you and the pot of gold you want at the end of the rainbow (with the help of BB brand ambassador Bibi), a corresponding choose-your-own-adventure video will play with your uploaded face pic superimposed over one sexy bod and your recommended future soulmate’s on the other. The montages will depend on what you jonesed for — eternal love? hot sex? a one-night stand? long-lasting friendship? (Look out for the steamy clay scene from Ghost… and for the dinner with a whole roast pig!)

Once you’ve finished staring into this cyber-crystal ball, you’ll get to ixnay the arrangement and start all over, or if you like what you see, you can download your couple’s photo album, and even chat with your future hubby.

At the very least, if nothing comes of it, it’ll be the first time I’ve seen myself with a six-pack!

Love For All: Visit www.bjornborg.com/en/Love.

(screengrabs via bjornborg.com)

fashion focus: etiqueta negra

Aside from being able to drool over Juan Monaco up close (I didn’t think he could look better in person…), one of the good things I took away from last month’s ATP Calendar launch was the discovery that Juan gets dressed by Argentine label Etiqueta Negra.

Thankfully, a friend of mine recently spent some time in Buenos Aires and filled me in on the brand. Etiqueta produces some well-constructed pieces in classic cuts and silhouettes, using raw materials of higher quality than other Argentinian brands.

Even better, Etiqueta’s SoHo store, which’ll eventually open on Prince and Lafayette, will fit right into the current trend of “concept” shops — i.e., displaying clothes alongside installations of brand-inspiring items (in their case: antique Jaguars and vintage BMW motorbikes).

And in case you weren’t quite sold on their upscale feel, founder Federico Alvarez Castillo chose a greyhound — think racing dog, not mass transit — as the brand’s logo, and is the official outfitter of a polo team.

FYI: Unlike Monaco, David Nalbandian had an official endorsement contract with EN that ended at this year’s Open.

Browse: See Etiqueta Negra’s latest collection. And some images from a recent lookbook after the cut…

short balls: endorsement edition

Don’t forget to print out your bingo cards for tonight! She’s a piece of work, isn’t she?

Now, for some endorsement short balls…

Consider us tickled: In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October), Canon spokesperson Maria Sharapova announced that the company would donate $150,000 to the American Cancer Society. They’re also releasing a special “pink bundle” — a PowerShot SD1100 IS Digital ELPH, a photo printer, a ribbon charm and a mammogram reminder magnet — available for $279.99 here.

Bottle it up: Fans of Rafael Nadal will be happy to know that he’s signed a deal with Inter Parfums to develop a fragrance line called Lanvin L’Homme Sport. He’s already wearing Lanvin anyway, so he might as well get paid for doing so. (tennis.com via DTL)

He’s top ramen: According to Tennis Week, Kei Nishikori has signed an endorsement deal with Cup noodles — the instant meal that got TSF through much of its childhood. (TW)

(image via Canon)

fashion focus: adidas by stella mccartney, f/w ’08

The fall/winter ’08 adidas by Stella McCartney line dropped right before the U.S. Open this year, and we got a chance to see the merch up close while at the company’s performance store in SoHo (where we also got fitted for some custom Barricades).

McCartney drew inspiration from Victorian-era embellishments for the prints and cuts of the tennis pieces, all made in the Brit’s usual muted pallete. This season’s colors: White, Rubia Grey (black), Dark Concrete (grey), and Pale Salmon (pink).

Note the floral cutout adhered to the bubble skirt of the Tennis Print Dress (with its racerback top).

Here is the season’s skirt with the corset-like Tennis Mesh Tank.

And Stella’s fall warmup jacket features a drawcord around the gathered neckline, making room for the wide turtleneck tee. There’s also a separates version of that Tennis Dress.

Fit to print: This collection got some press time when muse Maria Kirilenko won the Hansol Korea Open last week, besting her runner-up performance at the same tournament from the year prior.

Buy: Cover-up Blouson, $170; Tennis Print Dress, $120; Cover Up Tennis Tee, $100; Tennis Mesh Tank, $90; Tennis Woven Shorts, $80.

Browse: See McCartney’s other designs — for yoga, golf, running, dance, and winter sports — at the adidas e-shop.

(images via adidas.com)