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September 2 2014

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Designers Come Out Swinging—Just In Time For The U.S. Open

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Opening Ceremony The U.S. Open’s top-tier tennis matches are a chance for the fashion set to celebrate the last days of summer, as we prepare for the month-long marathon of runway shows ahead. Back in June at the Resort collections, we witnessed an uptick in kicky skirts and stretchy sheaths that would fit right in at the tournament. For our date courtside, we’d like to be wearing a deep green pleated leather mini from Alexander Wang or Viktor & Rolf’s flouncy thigh-grazer. As for the courts themselves, we could imagine trendsetting players like the Williams sisters, Ana Ivanovic, or Caroline Wozniacki (sadly, Maria Sharapova withdrew from the tournament last minute due to a shoulder injury) sporting Opening Ceremony’s sporty set or Preen’s fit-and-flare frock during a pre-match warm-up. Positively smashing.

Here, a slideshow roundup of Open-worthy looks.

Blasblog: Another Tennis Phenom Eyes Fashion

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Monday night’s Billie Jean King Cup kept my attention for a variety of reasons. Most notably there was the surprise appearance by President Bill Clinton, who, before hitting up an art party later that night, made a speech in praise of King—one of tennis’ most decorated players and a fighter for women’s and LGBT rights throughout her career&8212;and then there was the on-court cameo from ice-skating legend Nancy Kerrigan. But what struck me most were the outfits. As the JumboTron at Madison Square Garden flashed back to King in sixties, seventies, and eighties attire, it reminded me how far women’s court looks have come. In bright, light, and chic tennis duds, the four players fighting for Monday night’s $400,000 final prize—Venus Williams, Serena Williams (the night’s big winner), Ana Ivanovic, and Jelena Jankovic—bore no resemblance to previous era’s players. After the match I caught up with Jankovic, who agreed that tennis fashion has come a long way. “More girls are paying attention to their on-court look,” she explained. “Femininity is coming to the sport. We all want to look nice, and play nice, too.” Like the Williams sisters and Maria Sharapova before her, Jankovic is taking her fashion affection seriously. On Sunday, the DKNY store shut down for two hours so Jankovic could stock up on “lots and lots of dresses—minidresses and long, elegant ones,” as she put it, and she’s recently signed on to do a line with China-based sportswear company ANTA. Continue Reading “Blasblog: Another Tennis Phenom Eyes Fashion” »