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.

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  1. Johanna says

    I love it! I wish more designers would try out their design concepts on sports and tennis in particular. Maybe designers see too many constraints (or they see competing w/ Ralph Lauren’s marketing world) – but Stella is a great example on how you can retain your design strengths and be applicable in professional sports.

  2. Mariam says

    I totally luv Stella McCartneys designs for Adidas! They just keep getin better and better! I only wish that Maria wins some of the big titles so there is more exposure of Maria and Stella’s designs! :)

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