I'm a little late to the party here (as usual) but this time it may actually be a good thing. Because I refuse to review people who have already lost, I won't be looking at the outfits of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka or Ana Ivanovic this time around. Which means I have the chance to review some new faces. Should be fun... silver linings, eh?
We are, however, starting off with a familiar face... Serena Williams.
If it weren't for the Nike tick, I would have thought this blazer was made by some fancy pants designer I could never afford. It is cut beautifully and is not trying too hard, (unlike that of a certain Swiss). It's the perfect court to club jacket. As for Serena's dress, I like that Nike have done something original with the empire line, which isn't exactly a catwalk trend at the moment. I'm also a fan of the mesh detailing. I don't necessarily think this is the world's best dress for showing off Serena's fabulous figure, but it is nice to see her wearing something modest and simple for a change.
When I saw the top half of Agnieszka Radwanska's dress, I actually got pretty excited. It was about time Lotto dressed their feisty top female player in something flash. But the second half of the dress is a complete disaster. Radwanska has a nice figure, but she's not the kind of girl that can pull off anything. And a loosely ruffled dress that does nothing for her waist is not what she should be dressed in. The neck line of the dress is beautiful, but the rest looks like an after thought. Combined with her heavy eye make-up and fake looking hair colour, it's not a good look. I'd like to see Radwanska drop the eyeliner- she is a very pretty girl and doesn't need make-up on court - and go back to being brunette. I actually thought she looked much better in her practice pics.
Well well well, look who is already looking like a star! Whether or not you're one of those who believe Sloane Stephens has what it takes to be a Grand Slam champion, you cannot doubt that she knows how to dress the part. With a trendy, fun jacket, perfectly cut white pants, two bags and statement headphones, Sloane has fought her way though to the third round looking every inch a future champion. Once she removes all that extra gear and gets down to the business of actually playing tennis, Sloane still looks stunning. She must be doing wonders for clothing sponsor Under Armour, who have made her a close fitting but simple dress that flatters her figure perfectly. I'm even a fan of the frilly white headband - so much better than those masculine ones that tie up. I can't see any flaws here, so Sloane gets a perfect...
Continuing with our run of young and beautiful players is Eugenie Bouchard, who certainly meets both categories. She outshone Ana Ivanovic in more ways than one last night when she beat the Serbian in straight sets. The first word that came to mind when watching the Canadian was that she looked fresh. Not just in her tennis, but in her skin, hair colour, and beautiful outfit from Nike's Maria Sharapova collection. My only complaints are that the colour of the Nike ticks on the cap and top don't match, and that the top was a little too low cut for my liking. Too much muscular cleavage poking through is never a good thing! Other than that, Genie pulled off the upset with class.
On to the men, Novak Djokovic looked a little too classy for my liking during his first round win. Yes, the brown is unique and looks lovely. Yes, the clothes are cut well and look nice. His outfit is perfectly fine. But gosh, Uniqlo, can we do something a bit more original now? We've seen similar outfits since Djokovic started wearing Uniqlo. It's all getting a little boring. And Novak Djokovic is many things, but boring is certainly not one of them. I'd like to see Uniqlo takes some more risks next time. Brown just is not edgy enough for the World No.1.
Many fans are picking Andy Murray to fulfil England's wish and win Wimbledon this year, especially now that two former champs, (their names slip my mind) have politely made way. But if it is Murray who hoists this year's trophy, the photos will be decidedly dull. It is as if Adidas dressed Murray with England's weather in mind. Grey, boring and completely predictable. I think they were going for the silver fox look, but instead ended up with an outfit that resembles drizzle on a cold day. They did not even bother with a collar, for Pete's sake.
It was pretty exciting when Tomas Berdych signed with H&M. You'd figure a high street store with a reputation for fast fashion would take some risks and create some stand out designs. Instead, H&M have grabbed some plain white shorts and tees, and tacked their logo on the front of them. When we first saw this design - if we can call it that - we all though it was just a temporary thing while the company got its arse into gear. But it's Wimbledon now, and Berdych is still looking plain. And he's not plain at all! Berych is a funny, clever, sarcastic kind of guy who plays exciting tennis. He deserves so much more than this.
Excited to be reviewing new faces, I went hunting for the next fashionsta among those ranked a bit lower... this is what I found:
So many pretty faces, but only one boring outfit.
So I had to go back to an old face, albeit one that doesn't usually make my fashion posts.
David Ferrer... World No.3 and not exactly a fashion icon. Ferrer and Lotto don't usually seem to try too hard together. It seems they both think clothes should be functional but not a whole lot of fun. But for all I have dismissed Lotto in the past, they have, at least, tried much harder than Adidas.The green stripes actually look pretty darn good on Ferrer, and although not too many players can pull off shorts that sit a wee bit higher and tighter, (Nicolas Almagro didn't look quite as good in the same outfit), Ferrer most certainly can. Not a bad effort, all things considered.
7/10 (they got a bonus point for trying)
So that wraps up my fashion post for Wimbledon. The women certainly outshone the men. Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments below, and let's hope the men make a better effort at the US Open.