brooklyn decker at the costume institute gala



Queen Tangerine with a dash of pink: Brooklyn Decker wore Michael Kors at last night’s “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

The perfect way to drown your sorrows after crashing out of Madrid.

(photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

short balls: open hangover



We don’t know this guy, but he’s serving our post headline brilliantly with this beer-carrying pose. Great concentration on the step up, wouldn’t you say? (Photo by feltonamus via flickr.)

If you’re having a little bit of a US Open hangover like us, make sure to check out our week 2 podcast if you haven’t already. Erwin and I are chatting it up about all things TSF cares about at the USO. Which is all you should care about, too. Now, the short balls:

There’s nothing like curing a good tennis hangover with some non-tennis news. This version of (OT) is gay-tastic, which shouldn’t come too surprising to most of our readers. The VMAs happened on Sunday night in LA, and as a prep before the big show (in which Lady Gaga wore a meat dress – yes, meat), OUT.com put together a list of the gayest moments from the show’s nearly 30-year history. OUT also compiled photos from photographer Jeff Sheng that chronicles service men and women who have been effected by the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. The exhibit is opening at the Kaycee Olsen gallery in LA on September 28th.

(MORE (OT)) As if you couldn’t get enough we have plenty of (OT) news up our sleeves this week. The blog we once loved to love is still churning out content, even after getting a book deal and getting published. Stuff White People Like is a hilarious and satirical blog. The latest ‘stuff’ white people like: The TED Conference. Hilarity. The US Olympic web site is celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the Sydney Olympics (remember Cathy Freeman? And Michael Johnson?!). And the New York Times flexes its graphic muscle with this panoramic view of the new Meadowlands Stadium, home of the Jets and Giants.

There’s been much (tennis) controversy following ESPN2‘s decision to cut away from the trophy ceremony at Flushing Meadows to commentary before the second Monday Night Football game of the night (yes, the second) between the Chiefs and the Chargers. Chris Chase laments on the Yahoo! tennis blog Busted Racquet about the debacle. We agree: us tennis fans are greatly outnumbered by the NFLers, but give our boys a little credit for the work they’ve done, and the history they’re making. Pretty sure no history was made on the gridiron on Monday night, no? Luckily, Forty Deuce has us saved with the full trophy presentation here. (And kudos on that post title, Courtney… )

While Serena (and Fashion Week) had/have nothing to do with the 2010 Open, there’s still plenty of connection between the two events. Fashion Week mainstay and Vogue editor Anna Wintour is a constant face (force?) in Roger Federer’s box and yesterday, Wintour’s right-hand man, Andre Leon Talley, penned a note for the Vogue Daily about Serena walking the runway for Fashion Week. As we write this, it’s 3 PM on Wednesday, so the big event’s already taken place (1 PM catwalk call time for ReRe at LaQuan‘s show at the Peninsula Hotel). Hopefully pictures soon. Meanwhile, this picture of Wintour and Serena at the Michael Kors show will have to do.

Serena and sister Venus both were a part of the Huffington Post‘s recent online musings. Venus’s US Open fireworks dress, which we talked at length about in our TSF podcast, was the subject of a photo gallery on the Huff‘s web site, while Serena is one of eight athletes selected by the Post as part of their Game Changer’s series.

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fashion focus: visors + tennis bags at michael kors



We’re lovin’ the visors and tennis bags that Michael Kors whipped out for his Spring 2008 ready-to-wear collection.

Bonus round: You can view the whole show at style.com.

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short balls: tenors + fashion week + hotels = glam, glam, glam



A stroll down memory lane: A quick video piece on women’s tennis fashion throughout history.

(OT) Sleeping in transit: My buddy Matthew designed a jacket called Excubo which helps create private ‘nap time’ space when you’re out in public. Check out the segment CNN produced on “cutting edge designs” which featured this piece. (photo via gizomodo)

Fashion week sighting: Boris Becker at L.A.M.B. — that’s Gwen Stefani‘s line. NYT‘s Cathy Horyn skewers the collection. Too bad.

Advantage, Tennis: Portfolio.com laments the loss of Anna Wintour and Stefano Tonchi to the U.S. Open finals (when they should have been front row at a few fashion shows). Boo hoo?

Virginia Slims at Michael Kors: The latest presentation from Michael Kors harked back to the days of Virginia Slims (think Chrissie Evert and Billie Jean King). The show got great reviews, including one from Suzy Menkes. The models strut out to the Xanadu soundtrack:

“The Kors show was as fast and as direct as a hard hitter on the tennis court. Out came shorts, dresses and then every angle on American sportswear, from a lean safari jacket and pantsuit to trapeze minidresses shaded in a cocktail of mint, lime, orange and peach. They had a tropical vitality, while white served as a symbol of freshness, as it does on the tennis court.”

Pavarotti, R.I.P.: Tennis lost another fan in Luciano Pavarotti, who died this past Thursday at the age of 71. Bud Collins writes a great piece on how the great tenor loved the sport.

Macao != Times Square?: While the folks behind The Venetian Macao — the world’s largest casino — hope that their brand can withstand the shadiness of that Chinese territory, we’re just glad that the stage is set for one of the R-Fed vs. Pistol Pete exos this fall. (UD and IHT)

(OT) Palazzo Versace breaks ground: The Dubai outpost of Palazzo Versace in Dubai has started construction. (spa business)

masha licks her wounds in bryant park, nole's box



Maria Sharapova hung around in New York this week even though she made a quick exit as she tried to defend her 2006 U.S. Open title.

So she spent today making the rounds, first stopping by Bryant Park for Fashion Week.

She took in Peter Som‘s show, likely wearing something of his design; not sure. We love the peep-toe pumps, though! That’s Peter on the right.

Then she also sat front row at the Michael Kors show which started not too soon after. She was carrying a pretty cute clutch.

And to cap off her afternoon she joined the Djokovic camp in the player’s box for today’s final against Roger Federer. All the folks were wearing adidas‘s Summer YOC Polo in the white/red/blue colorway, which is also Serbian colors. Maria and fellow Nole guest Robert De Niro opted not to wear the shirts.

JNP wonders what this cameo means, and so does the press. They asked Nole about it after the finals match:

Q. Maria Sharapova was in your box and also Robert De Niro. What are those two relationships with you? Somebody had to ask.

Read Novak’s answer and the follow-up questions after the cut.