Aussie Open 2014 In Review

When the Aussie Open began two weeks ago, I don’t think anyone expected Na Li and Stanislas Wawrinka to be the champions. In becoming such, they achieved something rare. Na Li is the first Asian winner of the Grand Slam of Asia Pacific and Wawrinka became the first person outside of “The Big Four” to win a Grand Slam title since Juan Martin Del Potro won the U.S. Open in 2009.  But this tournament was also rare because it taught us so much. Here’s what we learned from the Aussie Open 2014:

1. No one is invincible Seeds fell early as upsets abounded this year. Novak Djokovic’s loss to eventual champion Wawrinka was the most notable upset on the men’s side as many had Novak tapped to win his fourth consecutive and fifth overall Aussie Open title. On the women’s side, favorite Serena Williams lost in the Round of 16 to Ana Ivanovic who was then upset by Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard. Sharapova and Radwanska lost to finalist Dominika Cibulkova and defending champion Victoria Azarenka lost to Radwanska.

2. There is beauty in simplicity The current trend among tennis clothing seems to be the busier the better, especially with Nike and their crazy shorts and tops. But Alize Cornet taught us a valuable lesson with her Lacoste dress: that more is not better.

CornetThis dress is simple yet pretty and I have to say, it’s one of my favorite outfits of the tournament. The sleeves are sheer mesh and add a little something special without being overpowering or distracting. Thank you, Lacoste for breaking from the outrageous and the neon to bring us this classy look.

Alize wants to know why Nike and Adidas have to go all crazy with their designs

Alize wants to know why Nike and Adidas have to go all crazy with their designs

3. The “hanger effect” can also happen in reverse You know the scenario. You see something on a hanger in a store and you fall in love with it. You take it to the dressing room and try it on but it just doesn’t look as good on you as it did on the hanger no matter how much tugging and readjusting you do. This is known as the “hanger effect.” But we learned at the Aussie Open this year that if it looks bad on the hanger, it might not look so bad on you. Case in point, Caroline Wozniacki’s Adidas by Stella McCartney dress.

Woz Aussie 14This didn’t look nearly as bad on Caro as I thought it would. Don’t get me wrong though, I’m still not a fan of it because it’s just too busy. And I’m also sad to announce that it’s now available in blue. Looks like we’ll be looking at this style until Roland Garros.

On the other hand, Flavia Pennetta’s Adidas by Stella McCartney outfit looked just as bad as I expected it to.

PennettaThis is a good look for no one.

4. Nike needs new designers The person who designed the high waisted skirt for women needs to be fired. The person who designed the multicolored striped shorts for men needs to be fired. Maria Sharapova needs to stop designing dresses that involve visible undershorts.

Strike 1

Strike 1

Strike 2

Strike 2

Strike 3

Strike 3

You're out! (Here's hoping)

You’re out! (Here’s hoping)

5. Back injuries blow Nadal was severely hampered by his second set back injury in the final and it’s a shame because it was shaping up to be a good match. But then he was out there sandbagging and Wawrinka’s play seemed to drop with Nadal’s and we had one very weird men’s final. And it wasn’t good in a weird way. Would Wawrinka have still won had Nadal been able to play at his normal level of sublime tennis? We’ll never know. Not only is the back one of the worst injuries you can sustain in tennis–I know from experience. You don’t realize how much you use your back in the sport until you injure it and every step and every swing hurts–but it made the men’s final far less exciting than it could have been and it denied Wawrinka the chance to really and truly celebrate his first Grand Slam title.

*All photos courtesy of AusOpen.com and TennisWarehouse.com

A Look at Caroline Wozniacki’s [future] Maybe Wedding

Happy New Year, readers! I hope 2013 finds you healthy, happy and parked in front of the TV watching lots of tennis!

Last week, rumors were swirling that young athletic power-couple, Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy, a.k.a. Wozzilroy, were engaged.  But on Friday, McIlroy’s people denied this rumor. Before the rumor was denied and Caroline was walking around Brisbane with a large sapphire and diamond ring on an appropriate finger, I got to thinking…she wears Adidas by Stella McCartney on the court so would she wear Stella McCartney on her wedding day?  So, I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of Stella McCartney’s bridal designs.

Here is Madonna wearing a Stella McCartney design at her wedding in 2000.

Here is Madonna wearing a Stella McCartney design at her wedding in 2000.

And here is Kate Moss in a more modern Stella McCartney design at her wedding in 2011.

And here is Kate Moss in a more modern Stella McCartney design at her wedding in 2011.

Stella McCartney designed a dress for Nancy Shevell, her stepmother for her marriage to Paul McCartney, also in 2011.

Stella McCartney designed a dress for Nancy Shevell, her stepmother for her marriage to Paul McCartney, also in 2011.

And finally, these are some runway looks from the Stella McCartney bridal collection.

And finally, these are some runway looks from the Stella McCartney bridal collection.

Personally, I can’t see Wozniacki walking down the aisle in any of these looks.  But, since Wozzilroy is not engaged, we’ll have to wait even longer to see what she would wear.

In other tennis wedding news, Maria Kirilenko and beau, Alex Ovechkin are engaged! What will she wear???

*Photo credits, top to bottom: Serenity Moment, rte.ie, dailymail.co.uk, and Wedding Inspirasi

Published in: on January 1, 2013 at 5:07 pm  Leave a Comment  
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2011 Wimbledon White Clothes Preview

Wimbledon is less than a week away. Show of hands, who’s excited? I know I am!

Because ofWimbledon’s strict dress code that requires players to wear all white, it can be the most boring of the Grand Slams in terms of fashion. Players can, of course, add their own little touches to their clothes with splashes of color and, as the Williams sisters and Maria Sharapova have been known to do, have unique ensembles, specifically designed just for them.

Here’s a look at what you may see at Wimbledon next week, based on the collections Nike and Adidas already have out.

Nike women can go with any of the three main collections for dress-code approved apparel; the Flirty, Gridiron and Spark collections all have mostly white pieces in them.  Serena Williams appears to be wearing the Smash Lawn dress, which is a surprisingly subdued dress by Serena standards.  It remains to be seen what her sister, Venus, who wears her own line not connected with Nike, will wear.  Nike player and designer Maria Sharapova does not show her Wimbledon outfit on Nike’s website or TennisWarehouse.com.  For a look at the other Nike women’s tennis apparel, checkout Nike.com.

Adidas, unlike Nike (at least to my knowledge), has released an umbrella Wimbledon collection that encompasses the adiZero and Barricade collections as well as the new adiPure collection.  The collection is mostly white with splashes of red-orange, pink and blue and of course consists of tops, tanks, skirts and dresses.  To see this collection, checkout TennisWarehouse.com.

I am interested in seeing what Caroline Wozniacki will wear because she has basically exhausted the Adidas by Stella McCartney collection.  The only thing she has not worn is the pleated ruffle tank, which is just a fashion atrocity.  My guess is that she will wear the white version of the ruffle dress she wore at Roland Garros.  I am now taking bets as to what it will be.

As for the men, Nike has white shorts and white polos and crews in the collection that Federer wears, the Challenger group. While the collection that Nadal wears, the Showdown group, has white items, the selection is extremely limited. In fact, there is only one shirt, the Sunburst shirt, that would fit the Wimbledon dress requirements.  You can check out all of Nike’s men’s tennis apparel here at Nike.com.

As they did for their women, Adidas released an umbrella Wimbledon collection for their men, encompassing, as was the case for the women, the adiZero and Barricade collections and the new adiPure collection.  The curious thing about the new Wimbledon adiPure collection is that the only shorts in the collection are plaid. I’m not sure if these actually follow Wimbledon’s dress-code. I guess we will find out next week.  The Wimbledon adiZero and Barricade collections are much toned down versions of their spring and summer counterparts.  If you will recall, the adiZero collection featured shirts with a bold (and tacky) finger paint-like motif.  Thank goodness those are gone! To checkout the Adidas men’s tennis apparel you can visit TennisWarehouse.com.

Remember,Wimbledon starts June 20! Get your strawberries and cream—and your white clothes—ready!

Published in: on June 15, 2011 at 12:04 am  Leave a Comment  
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