wimbledon gets into the olympic spirit

Saw this bit come through the wires about the AELTC suspending its all-white dress code when it hosts the tennis portion of the 2012 Olympics, in London.

From the club’s head honcho, Ian Ritchie: “We have been very supportive to the Olympic organizers throughout the process… We hope to some extent there will be a different type of audience. It is not a repeat of the Championships. It will be its own competition, have its own style and it will play out in its own way.”

Perhaps they’re just trying to give everything over to the Olympics organizers so they won’t be blamed if anything goes wrong. (We also saw this post over at BBC about the possibility of the Wimbledon’s usual food offerings — Pimms, strawberries and cream, etc. — not being available at the Coca-Cola- and McDonald’s-sponsored event.)

On the flipside, we’re happy for the prospect of having folks who don’t usually get into the AELTC have an opportunity to do so with this equally grand tournament. And while we’re disappointed about the dress code (what is this, Queen’s Club??), we take consolation in knowing that many of the clothing companies, like they do for the Davis and Fed Cups, will probably dress their players in country colors.

(via AP)

stella mccartney to design the uk’s 2012 olympic kit

Stella McCartney continues to flex her athletic apparel muscle by signing on as creative director of adidas‘s United Kingdom 2012 Olympics and Paralympics kits.

While McCartney’s expertise now includes golf, cycling, tennis, and dance, she’ll need to step it up in order to incorporate all the sports (which’ll require different fabrics and silhouettes). “So there are challenges,” she told Vogue. “I have a million challenges. I have to make it look good on TV, I have to make it feel good for the athletes, I have to make it work — technically it has to do its job. But I think they’re all good challenges — I like a challenge.”

Fans, fear not: Us non-athletes will also get a taste of Stella’s take on this worldwide event; a range for the masses will drop in the fall.

TSF’d been really curious to know how McCartney would design for the menz (she’s done it for boys) and this is the closest we’ll get. We can’t wait to see swimmer Mark Foster (dapper in Beijing) and Andy Murray decked out in Stella!

And sadly, this probably won’t mean that Andy’ll get her to design his on-court wear; at least for tennis, the players’ contractual obligations to their clothing sponsors supercede whatever they’ll get from their home team’s olympic committee.

Fall 2010 RTW: On another note, we weren’t too keen on McCartney’s last showing in Paris for the fall RTW collection. See her Fall/Winter 2010 RTW show here.

(via vogue.co.uk; image grab via style.com)

in vancouver, plushenko’s outfit did him in?

The Seattle Times has a great piece up about who was Best Dressed during last night’s men’s free skate in Vancouver. The dramatic event catapulted American Evan Lysacek to gold over favorite Evgeni Plushenko in what many are calling a flawless performance.

From The Times’s point of view, our boy Johnny Weir took the fashion crown (not surprisingly) was best dressed. But Plushenko, in a rhinestone suitcoat, got the nod as worst dressed. From our point of view, it was definitely the hair that did him in. That mane needs an Andy Murray-chopping pronto.

In the fan’s poll, Weir just nudged out Lysacek 37% to 35%. The people have spoken.

More shots of Plushenko and Weir after the cut.

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fashion focus: elena denimentieva

Yonex decided to flex its design muscle by using “denim” — printed on a moisture-wicking synthetic — for its fall ’08 collection, which debuted in time for the fashion-forward U.S. Open. They even opted for orange thread as contrast stitching, giving the pieces a more authentic and rugged look.

Elena Dementieva played in the separates at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, where she lost to Katarina Srebotnik in the quarters. Notice the knot on th front lefft tank strap.

And this Russian wore the halter version during her semifinal run in New York. (She’s had a pretty good summer, following her semi @ Wimbledon with a gold medal from Beijing and the semi in NYC.)

More: See her kit from Beijing and the Yonex men’s denim line after the cut…

Hey, New Yorker: Don’t forget to look up!

The Empire State Building has been shining its tower lights with “tennis ball yellow” color throughout this year’s edition of the U.S. Open (partly to commemorate the 40th year of Open tennis at the event). The tower first got lights in 1932, to alert people for 50 miles that FDR had been elected president of the United States.

The building currently lights up for major holidays, including EU Day (blue and yellow), Lunar New Year (red and yellow), Veterans’ Day (red, white, and blue), and Earth Day (green).

And for the Olympics, the ESB lit the four sides of its tower the flag colors of countries participating in the Beijing Games. The top 66 countries (based on delegation size) were honored through the 17 nights of the event.

janko tipsarevic: our munchkin gets injured

Sad to see Serbian Janko Tipsarevic retire with an injured ankle from his second-round match against Olivier Rochus 6-7 (5), 3-2 at the Beijing Olympics.

He attended his presser in a wheelchair with a super-swollen ankle. About the injury, Janko said: “Now I know how Ana felt when she withdrew. Maybe it’s too hard word to say that this is the worst day in my life, but it is certainly the worst day of my career…Olympic Games mean a lot to every sportsman, especially as they take place once in 4 years. I played really well in my first match, my confidence was on the highest level, and I felt I could reach far. But sometimes things like this happen and you just can’t do anything about it.”

Janko will now focus on getting ready for the U.S. Open.

During his time off his feet, perhaps he’ll consider trimming his hair?

(image via hcfoo.com)

fashion focus: federer’s olympic quest

Here’s a look at Roger Federer‘s Olympics kit from Nike in action through three rounds in Beijing.

He beat Dmitry Tursunov 6-4, 6-2 in the first round, Rafael Arevalo of El Salvador 6-2, 6-4 in the second round, Tomas Berdych 6-3, 7-6 (4) in the third, and will run into eighth seed James Blake in the quarters.

Other matchups are Mathieu vs. Gonzalez, Monfils vs. Djokovic, and Melzer vs. Nadal. (Draw here.)

More: See the detail shots of Roger’s outfit — wristband, headband, bag, belt, etc. — all after the cut…

have you bought a lottery ticket this week?

Leave the suit at home: Our favorite tennis commentator, Mary Carillo, gets glammed up during her time in front of the camera at the Beijing Olympics. She, along with a other analysts covering the for the U.S. market (including Melissa Stark, Alex Flanagan, and Lindsay Czarniak), got outfits especially designed by label Ports 1961.

I think she looks pretty good. What do you think? Tell us!

“When I was first approached to create a capsule collection for the NBC Olympic commentators, I was honored,” said Ports 1961 creative director Tia Cibani. Cibani honed her design aesthetic in China during the nineties (while working under then-design heads Dean and Dan Caten).

This collaboration was announced last month along with the release of these sketches above.

Know your Ports: See Ports 1961’s Fall 2008 and Resort 2009 collections. (via NY)

(screengrab source: TF)