(ot) stella mccartney’s man, maybe?



My biological alarm clock, after 28 years, is finally blasting me awake (to the sound of Renée Montagne’s voice, of course). I am all ’bout the babies lately: the ones running around in the park, the ones being pushed in strollers by their hot dads, but never ever the ones crying in the middle of a tennis match. I’ve even started eyeing kids’ clothes! It doesn’t help that great collections abound, including the latest collaboration between Gap and Stella McCartney.

A pup in lamb’s clothing: This second installment (the first one dropped at the end of 2009) speaks to our love for rolled collars, side zip-front jackets, and nautical themes. While it’s nothing revolutionary, it makes us wonder if this is how Stella would design for grown men. (The girls get the usual Stella dose of frills, ruffles, pleats, eyelets, and droopy fabric.) Buy: New Yorkers have been chipping away at inventory for the past five days (via the Gap White Space pop-up). Now the rest of us can follow. Click here.

And at Fore Axel & Hudson, they’re churning out golf-inspired looks without the sport’s stuffy ‘tude. The same way that kids should be talked to like adults, Designer Paul Nguyen took a shrinking gun to silhouettes normally seen on the greens (cardigans, sweater vests) and re-sized them for the Spongebob set. Detailing is youthful, but not necessarily child-like; we love it. Check out the lookbook at foreaxelandhudson.com. (via DailyCandy)

(stella screengrabs via gap.com; FA&H screengrabs via foreaxelandhudson.com)

davydenko in dunlop: for your eyes only



Wanting what we can’t have: That sleek red Dunlop polo worn by Nikolay Davydenko at the 2010 BNP Paribas Open (last week) is purely for show; while there are other Dunlop tennis clothes available for sale in the U.S., the ones on Nikolay are from the European collection.

And speaking of things that are only for our eyes only, it seems that the optical illusion that is the Dunlop/Prince/Davydenko sponsorship triangle isn’t quite over. To recap:

The top Russian’s sponsorship deal with Dunlop was announced just before the start of Indian Wells. Especially in light of being in limbo with Prince, we were happy that Nikolay had monetized his achievements in some form for 2010.

Now you see it…: The deets of the agreement came in a press release via the Dunlop and ATP sites. Along with endorsing racquets, clothing, and accessories, Kolya would also speak up for the company’s junior talent identification program, called D-Squad.

Two days after the Dunlop announcement, Prince countered with their own releases stating that Kolya had signed a deal to be “an exclusive endorsee of Prince tennis racquets and Prince racquet bags” through 2010. This requires him to have a Prince stencil on his Ozone Tour rackets during the four slams. Off the court, there’s also a clause giving Prince the right to use the Davydenko image for advertising.

So both companies are sticking to their guns, but it doesn’t matter since Davydenko pulled out of Indian Wells. He felt pain in his wrist while playing Rotterdam in February (he lost in the semis to Soderling) but it was misdiagnosed. He continued playing through the injury until he got to the desert; after a hard-fought win over Ernests Gulbis in the second round, Kolya discovered a more serious condition — a broken wrist bone — and pulled out.

Now you don’t…: The Dunlop press release, along with the rest of the Dunlop site, is currently down because of a revamp. The Dunlop release is also no longer available via the ATP website. I wonder if this is any indication of which company successfully courted Kolya?

Blank slate: Nikolay has yet to test out any Dunlop racquets (he was using an unstenciled Prince stick during Indian Wells). And since he’s out for a few months — he’ll likely miss all of the clay season — it’ll be a while before he gets matched up with a Dunlop racquet (if at all).

(Davydenko image via Getty Images; Dunlop screengrabs via dunlopsports.com)

how sweet for loup



TSF’s excited for Loup, the tennis clothing line that got a write-up over at DailyCandy this week (and that usually means a kiss of life — is that the antonym? — for anything trying to make it big with the ladies these days). Flashback: TSF’s Nick McCarvel chatted with Loup owner Danielle Ribner back in September.

Almost in bloom: The spring/summer goods currently on pre-order, but we’ll remind you in a week or two when everything is actually for sale. (Keeping our fingers crossed that the branded canvas totes will eventually be produced for public consumption!)

(screengrab from DailyCandy)

(ot) the guys we’d be bomber girls for



The 2010 spring men’s collection from Balmain has taken our love for the military motif to the next level with an homage to the air force. They throw in a few other looks — motorcycle jackets, graphic tees (tigers!), requisite skinny pants, and some softer sweatshirts — to round out the rugged season.

View: The lookbook is available here; and you can pick up some of the goods here.

(images via balmain)

sunday survey: who are your picks to win in key biscayne?



We all know who Anna Wintour (yes, wearing sunglasses during the evening session) and Mirka are rooting for to win in Florida. But who are your picks? Let us know in the comments section.

(photo via getty images)