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)

(ot) in that olympic spirit



We here at TSF have been busy gluing our eyes to the boob tube for the Vancouver Olympics, and all the displays of the American flag at the medal ceremonies (nevermind that no one’s singing!) have inspired us to update our wardrobe with some patriotic colors. More: See our choices for red, white, and blue after the cut…

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…