fashion focus: jewelry at wimbledon


Serena Williams goes Dionysian at Wimbledon 2008.

Let’s talk jewelry for a sec. I write about it once in a while when it looks good, but I’d like to address some folks out there who have come to me asking that their jewelry be featured on TSF.

God bless their entrepreneurship and knack for making things, but please — mini-bedazzled tennis balls as necklace charms and racquets as earrings — that’s just too easy. (As Samantha Jones once said, “Owning a hot-glue gun does not make you a hot designer.”) These designs might sell at the country club, but that’s not cutting it here.


For Venus, hoops to go with her new EleVen outfit.

People need to think outside the box. Tennis jewelry can be something other than racquets and balls. Just take a look at what the likes of Venus, Serena, Daniela, and Maria wear on the court. They have jewelry that are inspired by tennis or are appropriate for the rigors of competitive play. You’d never see a tennis ball from their lobes — it’d just be too much. And really, there would be no other appropriate occassion to wear’ em! Tennis overkill.

If you want to incorporate tennis iconography in your jewelry, some suggestions:

Charms sold by Links of London include strawberries, trophies, and ump chairs.

Other examples: A shop out of the UK created a strawberries and cream charm bracelet (here); a brooch of a tennis shoe (I once saw one from Marc Jacobs); a brooch made with shoe soles; rocks cut in the shape of tennis strings, etc.

This is how you do “tennis” jewelry.

the sewta players’ party: wimbledon edition

Richard Branson hosted a pre-Wimbledon event for the ladies of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour on Thursday night at his Roof Gardens in West London.

Serena Williams keeps her pets secure in a Matthew Williamson gown while wearing 2.5 million Euros in Duttson diamonds.

Venus Williams looking glam in black.

Dani Hantuchova poses in off-the-shoulder brown.

Maria Sharapova, Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic (no cell phones died in the making of her dress), and Sania Mirza.

(photos by Getty Images, Wireimage, Belga Picture)

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madrid fashion week: dani hantuchova struts for TCN

We have barely recovered from all the buzz of New York Fashion Week and now it’s time to turn to Madrid.

(Lest you think we are snubbing Christopher Lemaire‘s awesome ski-themed f/w show for Lacoste, we’ll have more on that later…)

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For now, let’s focus on another fashion darling, Dani Hantuchova, who strut down the catwalk for Spanish fashion house TCN. Their collection, shown on Sunday, opened Madrid Fashion Week.

Apparently, Dani worked the runway, walking as if she’d already done twenty shows. Unfortunately, she won’t be appearing in any more; she hopped back on a plane and is vying for this week’s Proximus Diamond Games in Belgium.

Richard Pagliaro also writes that Dani counts Missoni, Roberto Cavalli, and Armani as her favorite labels.

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More on TCN: The brand is designed by Toton Comella. This f/w ’08 line brings together lingerie, heavy knits, and tulle in an autumn setting. Comella brings in some birds of prey to round out the show.

Follow the rest: You can see the rest of Madrid Fashion Week at El Mundo. And see a close-up of Dani (and the token hot male model) after the cut…

dani hantuchova: always in nike, sometimes in versace

At this week’s Open Gaz de France, Hungarian sensation Agnes Szavay took out second seed Daniela Hantuchova 7-6 (4), 6-1 in the quarterfinals. These losses must not be doing well for Dani’s psyche.

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But at least she’s lookin’ good on the court. Her Nike Cruise Bloom Dress show off the Portland-based sports giant’s spring tennis colors — New Blue and Blue Ice. New Blue is a darker blue (like the Argon from previous seasons), and Blue Ice is what she’s wearing in that dress above.

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Dani also wore the Cruise Net Knit Jacket, with its asymmetrical front zipper, wide cuffs, exaggerated collar, and floral print hoodie. (Get a closer look here.) They need to make a men’s version — I’d totally be all over it.

What do you think of the jacket? Tell us!

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Our picks: Cruise Net Knit Jacket, $75.00; Bloom Dress, $80; and Fauna Skort, $60; all available through Tennis Warehouse. Browse the rest of the Nike Spring 2008 Cruise line, including versions of Sharapova‘s Fauna Tank and Serena‘s Bloom Tunic, here.

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Flashback: Not to be outdone by her fellow SEWTAers showing off in designer goods (Jelena in her Louboutins, and Sharapova with her neverending list of favorites), Hantuchova dropped by the Versace store at Crown in Melbourne during last month’s Australian Open. My love for animals be damned, the fur hem on that coat looks pretty darn cute. See the rest of the photos from that shopping trip.

(Versace photos and Open Gaz de France photos from WTAworld; Nike gear photos from TW)

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no more sweaty mess: a classy daniela through to the semis

Drop it like it’s (not) hot: Those unflattering photos of Daniela Hantuchova wearing the brown version of Masha‘s Australian Open dress probably led to the wise decision of going with this simple white number.

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This is the Bloom Dress (as opposed to the Bloom Tunic worn by Serena Williams), paired with a variety of visors in pink, black, and white (seen here, as she beat 29th seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-2 for a place in the semifinals of the women’s draw).

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And she wears a white watch which reminds me of this one from Nixon that I’ve been eyeing for a few weeks.

Buy: Nike Bloom Dress, $80, at Tennis Warehouse.

(photos by Getty Images)

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fashion focus: as expected, a nike switcheroo for masha’s australian open dress

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The case of the mystery tennis dress Nike designed for Maria Sharapova‘s Australian Open appearance was solved today when Maria played first round match against Croatian Jelena Kostanic Tosic. By the way, the scoreline: Masha wins 6-4, 6-3.

Wimbledon flashback? So Maria takes care of business with a white version (reminiscent of what adidas by Stella McCartney put on Maria Kirilenko for Wimbledon ’07). The pleats and other detailing keep it classy, and it’s offset by the youthful embroidery in the visor and the berry accents in the visor. Even Maria’s underwear (picture) channeled Tati‘s red knickers. FYI: Berry is a shade from Nike’s spring palette.

What do you think of Masha’s dress? Tell us!

By the way… We speculated, based on Nike’s Spring 2008 retail plan, that brown pleated wonder would be the outfit (after all, it was called the “Sharapova Dress”), but then it showed up on Dani Hantuchova at last week’s Sydney Medibank International.

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Of course Masha wouldn’t be caught dead wearing the same dress as anyone else. That, and the fabrics ended up with sweat patterns that were ultra-unflattering. I hope Dani finds something else for the next two weeks.

(photos by Getty Images)

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blacks, metallics, and leopard print (!!) at the yec party

(My thoughts go out to those affected by the earthquake that hit Chile today…)

The SEWTA Tour hosted their Year-End Championships Players’ party in Madrid on Sunday night (after the longest three-set final which saw Justine Henin defend her title).

Black was the evening’s shade, found on LBDs, floor-length skirts, and a sexy halter bubble dress on Serena Williams. Metallics showed up on Ana Ivanovic and Sharapova (in Thakoon). There were lots of gold accessories, too: a belt on Ana, a brooch on Anna Chakvetadze, and chains adorning Serena’s Louis Vuitton bag. And Jelena Jankovic separated herself from the pack with a body-hugging leopard print dress that puts Bethanie Mattek to shame.

Here are some photos from the shindig. Make sure to check out the entire gallery on the WTA website.

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Anna punctuated her black half turtleneck knit top with a gold brooch at the bust and toted classic quilted leather purse. Meanwhile, her oft-braided hair got some air.

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Ana went Victorian with her lacy silk top, gold belt, and floor-length skirt (is that a key around her neck?); and Jelena pulled off a leopard print ensemble.

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Momma long-legs Daniela Hantuchova let her hair down and wore a fur caplet over her little black mini dress.

See Serena, Sveta, Justine, and Marion after the cut…

maria the sexy librarian

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Maria Sharapova returned to action at this week’s WTA Tour Championships after a four-week absence. She faced Daniela Hantuchova in a round-robin match for the Red Group.

The dueling Nike-sponsored babes came out in their fall frocks, with Hantuchova continuing with the black Fall Control pieces (including the cute two-tiered ruffle skirt; see a picture here) and Maria sporting a bow collar blouse in deep burgundy and a front button skort in sheen pink. (No Drop Shot dress for her, I guess.)

Sharapova eventually triumphed 6-4, 7-5. But who do you think won the fashion showdown? Tell us!

p.s. No word on who has Maria’s pieces for sale.

(photos by Getty Images)

trophy watch: basel, linz, lyon, st. petersburg

This past week the men played in three tournaments (Basel, Lyon, St. Petersburg) while the women made a showing in Linz, Austria. Lots of shiny things were handed out, save for a purple oddity in Lyon…

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At the Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon, Sebastien Grosjean defeated fellow Frenchman Marc Gicquel 7-6 (5), 6-4 to capture his fourth career title (and first since Nottingham 2002). His trophy looks like it’s stuffed with tennis balls. What do you think?

In St. Petersburg, Andy Murray hoists a cup after winning his second title of the year. The runner-up in this 6-2, 6-3 match was Spaniard Fernando Verdasco. This title will keep Murray in the running for the final two spots in this year’s Masters Cup (Shanghai). FYI, St. Pete top seed Nikolay Davydenko got fined $2,000 for allegedly tanking in his 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 loss to Marin Cilic. Poor guy can’t catch a break! On the bright side, the Russian has already qualified for the Masters Cup. But on the other hand (call me a pessmist?), he likely won’t be able to defend his title at this week’s Paris Masters.

In Linz, Slovak Dani Hantuchova (still in Nike black) came out the winner in the final against Patty Schnyder at the Generali Ladies Open. The 6-4, 6-2 victory gave Hantuchova a spot at the WTA Championships in Madrid (starting Nov. 6). This is her second title of the year in four finals. Her other title this year is from Indian Wells.

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And in Basel, Roger Federer took out Jarkko Nieminen at the Davidoff Swiss Indoors, thus defending his title (this one’s No. 52) and securing the year-end No. 1 spot for the fourth year in a row. By the way, the runner-ups were awarded with watches. Classy.

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