(ot) chanel resort 2012



Who needs color? Of the 80+ looks that Karl Lagerfeld sent down the runway during for Chanel‘s Resort 2012 presentation, our faves were definitely the black and white bikinis. That, and Brad Koenig. One can never have enough Brads. Collect them all.

Flashback: Chanel’s stab at tennis racquets.

Browse: See the entire collection at style.com. Oh, right — the bikinis: See them after the cut…

fashion focus: monfils in vogue



The October issue of Vogue has a French-themed spread of beautiful gowns by Parisian couture houses Chanel, Christian Lacroix and, Christian Dior; and shot by Arthur Elgort on location in the City of Lights.

While the women’s clothes took center stage (this is Vogue, after all), we were disappointed that they left French tennis star Gael Monfils as prop — dressed simply in Nike whites. Were they painted into this drab clothing corner by contractual obligations to his apparel sponsor? Le sigh; our loss, since we know that he can look pretty good all made up for the camera.

Flip: You can see the entire spread here.

This week: Monfils is still gunning for this week’s Rakuten Japan Open in Tokyo. He took out Marsel Ilhan in the first round, faces Chiudinelli in the second, and will likely run into Stan Wawrinka in the quarters. Draw here (pdf).

(scans at sarahdenslenoir via GOTOTENNIS)

wozniak outmatched by serena, in play and style



Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak was no match for Serena Williams — both in game and in style — during a fourth-round encounter at the 2009 French Open.

Serena easily won 6-1, 6-2. And in the accessories department, Wozniak’s Chanel logo studs were no match for the jewelry worn by the No. 2 seed.

This was less controversial match for Serena, who called out her previous opponent, Maria Martinez Sanchez, as a cheat. Serena alleges that Martinez Sanchez got hit by a ball before it sailed out, which should’ve given the point to Serena. Instead, the ump awarded the point to Martinez Sanchez. Serena, who won anyway, made a stink about it in her presser. We hope Serena was right, otherwise all the fracas was just a big whiny waste of time.

Up next for Serena is Svetlana Kuznetsova, who beat Agnieszka Radwanska.

(image via Getty Images)

chanel’s Spring 2008 pink racquet



Karl Lagerfeld revisits tennis for his 2008 spring/summer RTW collection for Chanel. While we saw many different colors of this racquet pop up during the runway show, it seems that the bright pink stick is the only one they produced for retail.

Buy: Available for $595 at most Chanel boutiques.

(photo from chanel.com)

could this chanel racquet kill you?



If you are fat or a kid (or a fat kid), Karl Lagerfeld wants you rubbed out. For those that don’t quite offend his senses, the misanthrope offers a slower, more subtle catwalk to death in the form of Chanel‘s carbon fiber racquets. Do you want us gone, Karl? Hmmmm?