the winter blues: an adidas and reebok preview

jelena jankovic, anna chakvetadze, ana ivanovic

Serbians Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic might have the winter blues, but they’re not sad about how their 2007s are ending.

Ana is ranked No. 4 in the world after a year that saw her win three titles (Berlin, Los Angeles, and Luxembourg) plus an appearance in the French Open finals. She faces Justine Henin in the semis of this week’s SEWTA Tour Championships in Spain after hard-fought wins over Hantuchova (with a second-set tiebreak) and Svetlana Kuznetsova (7-5 in the third).
ana ivanovic - edge dress - reebok

We haven’t seen shades this intense since spring! Ivanovic rounds out this year’s fashion show with a solid cyan Edge dress from adidas. (Her earlier choices include a white YOC dress for Wimbledon and the purple YOC tank.)

While her Madrid outfit is blue overkill, you can see from this white/cyan version (above, left) that the dress’ construction is very intricate, with lots of panels sewn together, ruching at seams on the bust, and a gathered hem on the skirt.

FYI: This Edge line should drop in stores by Thanksgiving. Judging from the timing of the release, this will likely be here Aussie Open dress. (Man, are we talking about 2008 already?!)

Buy: The YOC dress, $65, adidas.com; YOC tank, $31.99, TW.

Meanwhile, World No. 3 Jelena got schooled by Henin 2-6, 2-6 and took a set off Anna Chakvetadze but went down 3-6 in the third. She’ll end her year on a high note, though: 4 out of 5 career titles were racked up in 2007 — Auckland, Charleston, Rome, and Birmingham — plus a few other finals appearances.)

She wore Reebok separates in “Island Waters” blue and is also writing the last SEWTA player blog of the season.

(WTA Tour Championships photos via Getty Images; Edge dress photos via adidas.com; Island Waters via reebok.com)

focus: the women get their lacoste shoes, too

I hope you weren’t fretting, ladies, because the folks at Lacoste haven’t forgotten about you. Last week TSF previewed the the men’s line of their latest athletic shoe collection, Repel, and today we show what they’ve cooked up for the gals.

The shoes, designed with the input of Richard Gasquet and Tatiana Golovin (and scheduled for a Spring/Summer ’08 release), are a far cry from what Lacoste creative director Christopher Lemaire produced for the company’s casual wear arm.

Take a look at the shoes below. What do you think of ‘em? Tell us!

Repel women’s collection.

focus: lacoste's repel shoes drop in spring '08

The folks at Lacoste were kind enough to send TSF some more photos of the Repel line we told you about back in July.

French players Richard Gasquet and Tatiana Golovin had their hands in developing this collection, which features shoes with great “breathability” and support — and a distinct honeycomb design.

(For those who are interested, Lacoste designed a clay court version in the white/navy colorway.)

Lacoste will also concurrently release a line of Gravitate shoes (which we love love love). It will have the same athletic elements as the Repel line, but will feature a “finger-like stripe lace system that literally wraps around the player’s foot, providing the utmost comfort and support.” We’re big fans of the brighter colorways on the Gravitates.

Browse: The close-ups of the Repel and Gravitate men’s shoes are below the cut. (Don’t worry, ladies — you’ll get your own post.) The shoes will drop in time for the Spring/Summer 2008 selling season.

Love ‘em? Hate ‘em?: Tell us what you think.

Close-ups below the cut…