maria sharapova shares her style tips with vogue australia

Maria Sharapova discusses her fashion style with Vogue Australia

A Q&A between 2013 Australian Open semifinalist Maria Sharapova (she lost to Li Na) with Vogue Australia’s Carmen Hamilton. Our favorite tidbit: Maria loves working with Alexander McQueen‘s Sarah Burton (this red dress comes to mind). The Russian also shares fashion tips for tall women: wear your flats (gladiators), and rock those wide leg trousers like its your job.

Carmen Hamilton: How do you choose an outfit for a big event, both on and off court?

Maria Sharapova: Off court, it usually depends on the event. I’ve had a few Sugarpova launches in the last few months so a lot of the things I’ve worn have been quite colourful and fun to go with the personality of the candy. For an event during the evening, I would go towards something like Alexander McQueen. I love working with Sarah Burton. I think she’s incredible. It’s been really amazing to see her creations come alive. Overall, I usually try to go for something more feminine and elegant.

(Photo Credit: Maria Sharapova for Tag Heuer; via vogue.com.au)

fashion focus: maria at the wimbledon rooftop party

Maria Sharapova at the WTA Pre-Wimbledon party at the Roof Gardens, Kensington, held on June 16.

Red dress and black satin clutch by Alexander McQueen, black booties by Lara Bohinc; gold cutout collar and cuff by Lara Bohinc; yellow gold and ruby lite and diamond ring by Tom McEwan.

More images: A few more looks at Maria’s outfit after the cut…

at the mcqueen gala, the men (and our honorable mentions)

As the pics from the “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” Costume Institue Gala have trickled in, everyone’s showing images of the ladies in their wonderful attire (see: Vogue‘s best dressed), so — aside from the Brookyn (fab!) and Serena (oy) — we’ve instead opted to showcase the dashing gents who attended as arm candy to their equally gorgeous gals-in-tow; as designers to the muses; or on their own.

But still, we couldn’t resist: the end of our list has some honorable lady mentions: Michelle Williams in Miu Miu; Janelle Monae in Chanel, Chloë Sevigny in McQueen, and Karolina Kurkova in a Jean-Paul Gaultier dress that gives Venus Williams‘ underwear gimmicks a run for its money. As for Beyoncé‘s furry boobs, we’re sorry. Look away if you have to!

Photos: The men of the McQueen gala, and then some…

like we needed more reasons to love grigor dimitrov

Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov has given us plenty of reasons to love him (we count six, maybe eight), but here’s the nail on the coffin: His favorite designer? Alexander McQueen. (See the Q&A here.)

BTW, congrats to Grigor for cracking the ATP Top 150 — he’s now at 136 — after winning back-to-back-to-back Challengers this year. (ATP: Grigor’s stats).

And speaking of McQueen, Sarah Burton, who’s succeeded Mr. McQueen (RIP) as creative director, presented the Spring 2011 men’s collection this past June in Milan. The women’s collection will show in Paris this week. One thing we’ll know not to expect from Burton are the fashion house’s infamous, over-the-top presentations. “That was very much [his] territory — the spectacular show,” Burton told Elle.

(photo from Wilson‘s FB)

alexander mcqueen, RIP

Alexander McQueen was found dead on Thursday morning in his London apartment. See Eric Wilson’s obit for the NYT here.

Though we always appreciated his high-concept fashion shows and collections (of the latter, especially those influenced by zoology and biology), it was his collaboration with Puma, which started in 2005 with footwear and expanded into men’s and women’s clothing in 2009 — that sealed the deal. We were hoping that he’d dip into the tennis pool at some point (Serena was sponsored by Puma pre-Nike), but now it’ll just be a pipe dream.

Further browsing: Check out the galleries at style.com to see McQueen’s work for his eponymous label. FYI, he was also the head designer for Givenchy from 1996 until 2001.

(image via style.com)

fashion and the olympics continue to collide

We can dream: The duo behind Opening Ceremony, this week’s guest bloggers for NYTimes.com’s For the Moment blog, build their fantasy roster of designers to reinvent the uniforms for Olympic sports. Tennis gets Lanvin:

Since this is known as the gentleman’s sport, Lanvin is the perfect designer to bring formal dressing back to tennis. Sorry Nadal, the all black jersey is just not dapper. Instead, you’ll need to sport a bowtie, grosgrain collar dress shirt and a perfect pair of pleated shorts.

Not to be taken seriously, of course…

…unless you’re Lane Crawford, the Chinese luxury retailer that actually commissioned 12 designs from fashion giants, asking them to reinvent Olympic sports through fabric.

They were asked to pick a sport that inspired them: Martin Margiela (badminton), Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy (archery), Stella McCartney (equestrian), Alexander McQueen (fencing), Matthew Williamson for Emilio Pucci (gymnastics), Christopher Bailey for Burberry (sailing), Alberta Feretti (gymnastics), 3.1 Philip Lim (ping pong), Costume National by Ennio Capasa (baseball), Neil Barrett (fencing), Rick Owens (judo), and Raf Simons. Tennis got no love?

My picks:


Givenchy


YSL


Pucci

The rest: See the renderings and some final products here.

The pieces will be auctioned off with all proceeds benefiting UNICEF’s Special Relief Funds for Children affected by the Sichuan earthquake.

(images via IIHIH)