2 posts tagged "U.S. Open 2010"
With perfect temperatures setting up a stellar Labor Day weekend, there were plenty of outdoor activities to be enjoyed. We put in a beach trip, a backyard BBQ, and some dog park time; our only regret is that we didn’t make it out to Flushing to catch a U.S. Open match. We did, however, watch some highlights on Sports Center last night, which is when we caught sight of Caroline Wozniacki’s ten little good luck charms. Clad in a gray and yellow Stella McCartney for Adidas ensemble, the Danish phenom painted her nails with a bright lemon lacquer to bring out the same hue on her sports bra. That, dear readers, is going the extra mile (for the record, no such lacquer was spotted on Maria Sharapova’s digits as she shook Wozniacki’s hand in defeat). Should you want to generate a similar kind of winning spirit for the week of fashion shows that lies ahead, Essie’s discontinued Shorty Pants is the perfect shade—and, luckily, it’s still in stock on Amazon.
Shear genius Julien Farel and his team of stylists are preparing for the U.S. Open, which gets under way at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, New York, this weekend. Ask him, and he’ll tell you his services are integral to players’ success. “Feeling good actually does help you play better, and beauty is a big part of this strategy. You don’t want to have to fight every game with a loose ponytail and frizzy hair in your face,” he says. To make sure that doesn’t happen, Farel has set up shop in the VIP/Player section of the stadium (with prime views of the court) for the fourth year in a row, offering sporty riffs on traditional primping fixes: Blow-outs, haircuts, makeup touch-ups, hand and foot treatments, and brow shapings are all performed in record time and in ways that can withstand seriously sweaty conditions. As in tournaments past, the multilingual stylist has created a signature style for this year’s Open, so expect to see a lot of Farel’s “Gladiator Look”—a coiled braid with a ribbon woven through the hair that’s meant to recall the strappy sandals of ancient fighters primed for battle. No word on exactly which players will rock the coif, but we’re hoping Danish stunner Caroline Wozniacki gives it a whirl; that blond mane of hers needs to be tamed! Here, Farel gives us the lowdown on ponytails and reveals he’s on team Nadal (sorry, Federer).
How did you get the idea to create a salon at the U.S. Open?
I was involved with something similar at the French Open at Roland Garros, actually, and the USTA [United States Tennis Association] liked the fact that I already knew the system and had experience working with the players. And I’m a tennis fan as well, so I think that helped.
Do you play tennis when you’re off-duty?
Yes, I do. I’m not very good, but I love it!
What are the players like off the court?
The more the players and the coaches get to know me, the closer we become. They’re like friends to me now, and they feel really comfortable coming to get treatments. Some, like Novak Djokovic or Jelena Jankovic, are very chatty and charming. In fact, Jankovic now comes to our Madison Avenue salon after tournaments for color!