neon matchables

Attention to detail. We had to tell this ball girl yesterday that we just loved her nails. Loved! While lots of the bright colors at this year’s USO are coming from full-fledged kits — particularly adidas — if you look closely, this gal took subtle brightness to another level, using neon yellow on her fingernails to go along with her Polo Ralph Lauren top. We dig it.

Neon-plosion. In fact, it’s actually very hard to tell just how bright a lot of these clothing items actually are. Rafael Nadal’s Nike is blindingly yellow, though both TV and still cameras dumb it down a little. The same goes for the tones of bright reds, pinks and oranges that adidas is experimenting with. Below: David Nalbandian.

As Nick noted in a tweet yesterday, Wilson is doing the same thing, though they are going more of the Nike route (accents) than adidas (full color blocking/in-your-face patterns).

Which do you prefer? Below, a good shot of the adidas kit that Sania Mirza had on today — similar to the bright number that Christina McHale rocked yesterday — both on the new Court 17.

And don’t forget that this all comes back to PRL, too. Their ball persons are in the same fashion game as the players. Anyone noticing a trend?!

(top image by TSF; others by getty images)

gargyle relaunches (in nyc and online)

One of TSF’s favorite NYC shopping hubs, Gargyle, has finally opened their store in the LES. Beyond our soft spot for the company’s crest (with four tennis racquets in it!), there’s also the fact that they stock items from Fred Perry (here), Raf Simons x Fred Perry (here), Surface to Air (here), Shipley & Halmos (here), and pieces from the Common Projects x Robert Geller collaboration.

Open your wallets: Gargyle’s site.

(screengrab via gargyle.com)

fashion and the olympics continue to collide

We can dream: The duo behind Opening Ceremony, this week’s guest bloggers for NYTimes.com’s For the Moment blog, build their fantasy roster of designers to reinvent the uniforms for Olympic sports. Tennis gets Lanvin:

Since this is known as the gentleman’s sport, Lanvin is the perfect designer to bring formal dressing back to tennis. Sorry Nadal, the all black jersey is just not dapper. Instead, you’ll need to sport a bowtie, grosgrain collar dress shirt and a perfect pair of pleated shorts.

Not to be taken seriously, of course…

…unless you’re Lane Crawford, the Chinese luxury retailer that actually commissioned 12 designs from fashion giants, asking them to reinvent Olympic sports through fabric.

They were asked to pick a sport that inspired them: Martin Margiela (badminton), Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy (archery), Stella McCartney (equestrian), Alexander McQueen (fencing), Matthew Williamson for Emilio Pucci (gymnastics), Christopher Bailey for Burberry (sailing), Alberta Feretti (gymnastics), 3.1 Philip Lim (ping pong), Costume National by Ennio Capasa (baseball), Neil Barrett (fencing), Rick Owens (judo), and Raf Simons. Tennis got no love?

My picks:


Givenchy


YSL


Pucci

The rest: See the renderings and some final products here.

The pieces will be auctioned off with all proceeds benefiting UNICEF’s Special Relief Funds for Children affected by the Sichuan earthquake.

(images via IIHIH)

checking in with fred perry

Fred Perry continues to rack up its amazing list of collaborations with a 12-piece men’s line to be produced in conjunction with Raf Simons, who himself is busy as creative director of Jil Sander. The all-black collection is inspired by Perry’s 1960s skiwear and will include a short-sleeve mohair turtleneck sweater (!!); a patterned, knit polo shirt; a full button-down long-sleeve pique polo; and sleek trousers. Dropping in the fall.

On the tennis front, their brand got decent exposure this last month because of Andy Murray‘s decent showing at Wimbledon (quarters) and at Toronto, where he made it all the way to the semis, losing to Nadal but not before taking down Nole 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the round prior.

Fall goods: The Fred Perry e-shop doesn’t have much to offer right now. That landing page is pretty cute, though.

(raf simon image via hypebeast; andy murray images by Getty Images; website screencap from fredperry.com)