fashion focus: nathalie dechy plays peekablue

Kudos to chic chick Nathalie Dechy for bowing out to Ekaterina Makarova in the best way possible at the first round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells — a 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 fight while layering royal blue under this season’s Lacoste tennis dress. (Sveta: are you paying attention?)

Meanwhile, some other picks from this season’s offerings.

Buy: Sleeveless Racerback Stretch Pique Tennis Dress, navy/white, $145; striped Tank, $68; Jersey Sport Tipped Tennis Skirt, $65; available at lacoste.com.

fed cup fashion: venus vs. anna chakvetadze

Lots of Fed Cup action this weekend… the U.S. lost to an equally-thinned out Russian team in one semi, and the Italians beat France 3-2, giving them a chance to defend their title.

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Best dressed match: The rubber between Venus and Russian Anna Chakvetadze. Venus wore a Reebok pleated skirt and some Indian-style earrings, while Anna wore the adidas Summer YOC tank in purple. Totally cutesies.

Honorable mention: The light blue kits that Lacoste put on Nathalie Dechy and Severine Bremond.

Question: Does anyone know who Meilen Tu‘s clothing sponsor is? Its logo looks like a griffin…

Buy: You can buy Anna’s YOC tank at Tennis Warehouse.

FYI: Along with this year’s seminfinalists, Israel, China, Germany, and Spain all qualified to participate in next year’s World Group.