fashion focus: fila’s last stand

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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…

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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?!)

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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.

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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 Fila.com by mid-February and at Tennis Warehouse by that month’s end.

(images via Getty Images)

Comments

  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. 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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