The 125th annual Wimbledon tournament began yesterday with much hoorah from the fashion world. Just the other night, the women of the Women’s Tennis Association gathered for a pre-competition gala at The Roof Gardens in Kensington and the British Council of Fashion Designers rallied around of the tennis stars. These ladies may look smokin’ in tiny pleated skirts and poly/elastane tanks, but they clean up nice when powered by a council of designers. At least most of them do… See which one aced it, and which ones baselined.
ACE: Caroline Wozniacki – Stella McCartney
The #1 high power fashion-cum-athletic designer Stella McCartney has fittingly taken the #1 player in the WTA as her own; Caroline Wozniacki is the face of Adidas by Stella McCartney. She’s flashing Stella off and on the court and crushing bitches on the grass court.
SIDESPIN: Serena Williams - Burberry
One half of the dominating twins, this side paneled sidespin hugs every solid muscle curve.
LOVE: Ana Ivanovic – Matthew Williamson
Playfully textured, the slight fringe reminds us of the grass courts on which the tournament takes place. Mini-skirts and fast balls…
WILDCARD: Jelena Jankovic – Vivienne Westwood
This dress is a shirred thing. Will a win be in the bag?
FAULT: Heather Watson – Mulberry
How one makes an superbly trim athlete look frumpy is beyond me, but unfortunately Mulberry has done that for Watson. And the shoes look like ace bandages, not a good look for a competing tennis pro.
FLATLINER: Laura Robson – Temperley
She hits it low and steady. None too exciting, except for the shoulders.
LET: Andrea Petkovic – Richard Nicoll
The tennis imagery works in the iridescence, but the fit? The ref is consulting the umpire for a final decision.
BYE: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova – David Koma
Its tennis themed pleat cuts her off all wrong, and ends up making her look wide. Too much, yet too little.
LOVE LOVE: Maria Sharpova – Alexander McQueen
Stuns, absolutely radiant.
MATCH POINT: Bethanie Mattek-Sands - Alex Noble
Designer to Lady Gaga, Alex Noble created the bodice of this dress out of, you guessed it, tennis balls. Tis possible that only an entity like Mother Monster could pull off such a thing, but don’t get us wrong Bethanie, we admire your balls.
Good little ball boy he is, Nicholas Kirkwood heeled the whole WTA for this night.
Designers gave the gala a big serve, but who won the game point in your book?