2012 US OPEN FASHION PREVIEW
With each U.S. Open tournament, the courts at Arthur Ashe Stadium become a catwalk for fashion-forward athletic apparel. The final Grand Slam of the tennis season precedes Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York and before Vogue editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, hits the front row at runway shoes, she’s often spotted rooting for Roger Federer in his box. Several of the game’s stars will also make the transition from courtside to stage-side, including Venus Williams, who will showcase her revamped EleVen line during Fashion Week. But first, here’s a preview of the U.S. Open styles we’ll see on court:
The 2012 U.S. Open will be the last Grand Slam for Fila athlete, Kim Clijsters. To honor her career, the brand has developed a special collection of apparel and accessories. The limited-edition “Tennis Star” collection features red, white and blue hues and a star pattern design with 11 bigger stars representing Kim’s 11 years with the Fila brand. Four of those stars also feature a tennis ball, representing Kim’s 4 Grand Slam wins.
Fila athlete Jelena Jankovic will hit the court in this pink, drop-waist Heritage Dress:
The U.S. Open marks the second Grand Slam where Uniqlo will serve as Novak Djokovic’s clothing sponsor. In addition to sporting the gear on-court, Djokovic collaborated with the retailer on a men’s performance collection, with items similar to his own tennis wear. Djokovic launched the new line this week in New York City, and showed off his U.S. Open ensemble.
The day/night looks for Nike tennis athletes adapt to each player’s personal style. Fans will see Roger Federer’s classic polo and monogram details, Maria Sharapova’s mix of on-court elegance and feminine details and Serena Williams’ bold use of color among others. Check out a preview below and a closer look at the apparel for Nike athletes, visit here.
Adidas’ tennis athletes will once again take the court in fashions full of bright hues and graphic patterned designs. Here’s a preview:
Maria Kirilenka: Unlike the other adidas athletes, Kirilenka(o)’s ensemble features rich purple and golden hues, a nod to the upcoming Fall season.
(most adidas athlete will be seen in bright pops of color but krilenko’s fashions are fall appropriate.)
Caroline Wozniacki: Wozniacki’s Stella McCartney for adidas dress is described by the brand as a “glamourously fierce look.” The lingerie-inspired black dress with rose-tan underlay is a mix of sporty and sophisticated.
ASICS tennis athlete, Sam Stosur, will sport a color-block dress in orange, gray and white hues, with a criss-cross back. Check it out: