August 23 2014

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5 posts tagged "Rafael Nadal"

Cloak’s New Dagger, Lacroix Returns, And More…


The fellas over at Gilt Man chat with former Cloak designer Alexandre Plokhov about his namesake collection, prepped to launch in Paris this week. Plokhov hinted that the collection is “the spiritual progeny of Cloak, with Italian craftsmanship and a slightly more open worldview.” Sign us up. [Gilt Man]

Bonjour, Christian! After leaving his namesake label, Christian Lacroix is teaming up with Spanish brand Desigual on a 30-piece capsule collection. Desigual by Monsieur Lacroix will be ready for fall, with a larger collection planned for summer 2012. [WWD]

As if his female fans weren’t already legion, tennis pro Rafael Nadal stripped down—and gamely flexed—for his role in the newest Emporio Armani Underwear and Armani Jeans ads. Love all. [WWD]

Photo: Alex Freund

Tennis Togs, Anyone? United Bamboo And Co. Suit Up


Tennis is getting awfully glitzy these days. It’s long been the most understated of sports, from the hushed fans in the stands to the tennis whites on the players, but then last week at the French Open, Rafael Nadal flashed a $525,000 Richard Mille watch and Venus Williams showed off a whole lot more than that with her come-hither cancan dancer look. What’s next? A JumboTron scouting the crowd, looking for Federer fans who’ve painted their faces the colors of the Swiss flag? Maybe a loudspeaker blasting “Na Na Na Na, Hey, Hey, Hey” between points? For shame, tennis. Perhaps the pros should look to this weekend’s Gargyle x United Bamboo Smash! Tennis Challenge for style counsel. Taking place from noon to four this Saturday at the East River Courts in Manhattan, the mixed doubles tourney will show off the topspin skills of teams from the sponsors, Café Select and Complex, among others. This is just the latest jocking-up of the fashion set—witness the recent adiCUP and VMan‘s Memorial Day Weekend Male Model World Cup, which featured players even easier on the eyes than usual. This time out, we’re especially keen to see the togs on the United Bamboo team—not only because designers Thuy Pham and Miho Aoki are known for their classy-yet-subversive spin on prepster staples, but also because we’re praying that at least one of their players will be a cat.

Photo Illustration: United Bamboo; Digital Vision / Getty Images

Blasblog From Barcelona: Oscar And Co. Jet In For Mango


Oscar de la Renta knows a thing or two about presentation. And I’m not just talking about the perfect pintucked cocktail blouse here. The designer, who’s in Barcelona to present the Mango Fashion Award to a designer today, was the guest of honor at a party hosted by the city’s mayor last night. Having trained in Madrid with no less a Spanish legend than Cristobal Balenciaga, de la Renta chose the venue himself, and, naturally, the Venetian palazzo-style government building set high on a hill was stunning. “This is an amazing moment, no?” the designer said as the sun set over the city. The interior was just as thrilling, with ornate fixtures and antiquities lining the walls—”like the inside of a wedding cake,” somebody said. At dinner there was a place setting reserved for a Mr. Rafael Nadal next to Oscar’s very excited fledging designer son Moises. (The de la Rentas’ appreciation of tennis is well documented; they have center-court seats at the U.S. Open every year.) When he was a no-show, de la Renta fils was disappointed, but only until he was he told that this was a different Nadal than the player currently ranked No. 1. In the end, Leigh Lezark wound up taking his seat. “Not a bad replacement,” Moises said. The night finished with a performance from a traditional Spanish guitarist and a very spirited singer and flamenco dancer. “Now, that’s a diva,” said Solange Knowles. More on Mango’s $350,000 prize winner and Knowles’ performance later.



Photo: Derek Blasberg


good cause, nice prices. aces.


Tennis lovers suffering from Nadal withdrawal can always get their fix at a Lacoste store (the unruly-haired one may not actually be there, but the place just reeks of clay courts and match points), and shopping there this month comes with a Good Samaritan bonus. At a party at the Fifth Avenue boutique last night hosted by Vogue, Lacoste showed off its PINK line, available now in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Polos, belts, and bags are priced for the times (read: $100 and under), and since 10 percent of the proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, these purchases can probably by counted as charitable write-offs come tax time (NB: no accountants were consulted in writing this blog post). Hey, it’s worth a (drop) shot. Zing!


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Rafael Nadal Cleans Up for U.S. Open


With a little help from Nike, do-ragged tennis stud Rafael Nadal will debut a more “mature” court wardrobe at the U.S. Open. Mesh makes the man, as they say.

Marc Jacobs has a tattoo that reads “bros before hos.” Yeah, we kinda already figured that’s how he swung.

Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images