christophe lemaire’s lacoste shop-in-shop

We’re hoping to stop by the memorial service for Jack Kramer (it’s today at the UCLA Tennis Center @ 11am, for those of you in SoCal).

Lacoste and creative director Christophe Lemaire launched a store-in-store at the company’s Paris flagship store earlier this year, a space that carries rare Lacoste products for both sexes as well as one-offs created for the runway that never made it to the floor.

The details: The shop walls are covered in cork and felt; a leather punching bag hangs off to one side; a vintage tennis racquet juts out in front as the store’s sign — all “a decidedly luxurious take on sport,” says Lemaire. (See another interior pic here.)

Visit: The Lacoste in Lemaire shop is located at 28 rue de Poitou, Paris.

(screengrabs via christophelemaire.com; via vogue.co.uk)

cole haan + chloe + tiffany = maria sharapova

Maria Sharapova followed up her killer Chloe dress at the U.S. Open Tiffany party by killing two birds in Tokyo: she launched her Cole Haan line while in town to prep for next week’s Toray Pan Pacific Open. In an e-mail sent out to fans via her website, the Russian talked about her long absence from Japan:

“I can’t believe that I haven’t been here in over 2 years! That should never happen! It never ceases to amaze me how interesting this country is! Just when you thought they had the best toilets, they get even better! Haha”

Smiley sponsors: Maria made her appearance at the Peninsula hotel wearing a ruffled top with some high-waisted shorts (both from Chloe). She added a clutch and some boots from Cole Haan — b’of course — and topped it off with a ring from Tiffany. We’re glad to see Hannah McGibbon‘s designs in action. <3 the velvet and the braided rope and tassel. And that hair is working right now.

Looking ahead: At Toray, the unseeded Maria will face Francesca Schiavone in the first round and has both Safina (top seed; wild card) and Zvonareva in her quarter. Draw here (pdf).

More: More pics of Maria after the cut…

good idea, bad idea: novak djokovic

Nick’s away for well-deserved R&R over on the left coast this weekend, so it’ll be a fashion-heavy while I’m bloggin’ by my lonesome…

Good idea: Novak Djokovic opens up another NovakCafe, the Djokovic restaurant venture. The fourth branch is located near the MGM tennis court, the site of the Djokovic-owned Serbia Open. (Pics: interior and exterior — pretty cute, no?)

View: See pics from all four outposts of Novak Cafe at the restaurant’s official website.

Marko’s looking more delicious by the minute. So is the restaurant. If only we could get Nole to stick with adidas, and not switch over to K-Swiss like he’s been rumored to?

Bad idea: Where do we sign the petition TO NOT MAKE THIS HAPPEN? Nole just began to hit his mark with his Falcon line (above) — it was one of the U.S. Open’s best outfits, along with Rafa Nadal‘s checker cab polo. (Pics: Nole’s day and night kits) He should really hang around and give it time to grow. Perhaps K-Swiss has better shoes?

On the flip side, K-Swiss will get a benefit from having a top male player on their roster. (No offense, Tommy Haas.)

Bonus round: Good Idea, Bad Idea from Animaniacs

(via HC Foo and TW; novakcafe images via HCFoo; djokovic image courtesy of adidas)

serena on tyra: “the fans missed seeing the end of an amazing match”

Class act: The normally egocentric Serena Williams (at least when it comes to post-match pressers) appeared on The Tyra Banks Show and gave shout-outs to both Kim Clijsters and the fans who were at that 2009 U.S. Open semifinal.

“What really was the worst part was the fans kinda missed out on just seeing the end of an amazing match. You know, we played like, over 2 hours’ worth tennis and it was just amazing tennis. Again, Kim Clijsters played really well and really pushed me, and it was a great match. I just felt bad in the end for the fans…”

And note the crickets chirping (or was that the audience chuckling?) at Tyra putting words in Serena’s mouth by chalking up the all the ado to Serena being a woman. Yes, Roger Federer‘s $1,500, one-word expletive flew under the radar, but probably because it wasn’t uttered at match point to hand the opponent the win. Oh, and the gal pals talk about Serena’s bf, Common.

Vid, Pt. 1: Watch the interview here.

Pt. 2: As for the rest of the segment, be glad you missed out on “model tennis”. I love slapstick as much as the next guy, but this was zzzzZZzzzzzzzzzZzzzzzzzz. (vid)

tit for tat: federer at armani


Which dress will Mama Mirka wear?

Anna Wintour was flanked by Roger Federer and Mirka Vavrinec as she walked into the Giorgio Armani Spring 2010 show in Milan. The trio sat front row (of course!); so did Janet Jackson.

“Giorgio is a real class act,” Federer told FWD‘s Valentine Uhovski after the show. “He’s just a legend. We didn’t expect the show to be such a spectacle but I had a week off, so why not? And Giorgio saw me play my country, now I’m in his.”

View: Flip through images of the show at style.com.

short(er) balls: musical outfits

If you liked Andy Murray sporting tight-fitting Fred Perry at this year’s US Open and you enjoy Novak Djokovic in his always-colorful adidas ensembles, this may not be the best piece of news for you. Or perhaps it might be?!

While I’ll leave all the fashion opinionating to my trusted boss, Erwin, I will announce that there are reports that Djokovic may be ditching the Big a and signing with K-Swiss, while Murray might be taking his place at adidas.

Musical outfits, oh my! What do you think?

Open minded: Kim Clijsters might be the clearest thinker in women’s tennis right now. She announced yesterday she’ll play a 13-tournament schedule in 2010 (motherhood and Slams still come before ranking, she says). And, today, announced a partnership with Thomas Cook, the Euro airline that you may find Kim, Jada and Brian on a flight on in the near future. But just remember, when you see them sitting in first class, they def didn’t pay!

Puppy love: That’s Mardy Fish with one of the Bryan brothers (can you tell which?!) presenting his new pup, Charlie. Mards, we love the pup, but please oh please, get a haircut boy! Good grooming skills are a must, even after the Open!

(photo via twitpic)

shirtless: if andy murray had work done…

We’ve already snagged our 2010 planner, but one can never have enough tools to stay organized, which is why we’re tracking down this pinup version of our favorite gangly Scot, Andy Murray, shown in twelve hyper-Photoshopped pics that leave his face looking totally plastic. (It’s okay; we were just looking at his torso anyway!) The grainy thumbnails — a scan of the calendar’s back cover — show enough promise to make us shell out £7.99.

And speaking of the unalterable: it wouldn’t have hurt for some of these pics to have him smiling. He’s no orthodontic adonis, but that smile is part of his charm.

Buy: Pick it up at danilo.com.

testy tanlines

Ramirez-Hidalgo

Spaniard Rubin Ramirez-Hidalgo was sleeving it like it was 2001 and he was Martina Hingis today at the BCR Open in Romania. Or maybe he was just sporting that right bicep?

In any case, we’re not quite sure how Ramirez-Hidalgo — or Hingis, for that matter — evens out his tan lines after a day on the court like that. You’ve gotta like the creativity though, right?

Hingis-Martina-Sleeves

Martina wore this adidas top through much of 2001, including at the Aussie and French. It never really did catch on, but we’re loving Ramirez-Hidalgo’s effort of resurrecting it. What’s next? Crazy tees saluting Santoro?! Can’t wait.

(photos via getty)