While we’re used to seeing the regimented seasonal lines from the big brands, these ladies took fashion initiative, showcasing their wares with the intention of standing out from the crowd.
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| Australian Open |
Seven-time slam major champion Venus Williams is no stranger to the fashion catwalk, possessing an associate’s degree in fashion design at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Her self-made brand EleVen produces some of the most creative designs on tour; the 2014 season showed little restraint in color and clash. The first slam of the year saw the elder Williams sister display a sizzling zebra print under the rays of the Aussie sun. Though basic in silhouette, this flirty number was a precursor to Nike’s foray in animal print at the US Open.
Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova switched from Fila at the start of 2013; a year later she’s sporting the often polarizing wares from Chinese brand, Qiaodan. There isn’t much to contend with for the Asian clothing market, but Qiaodan certainly make a sartorial mark on the courts of the
WTA. Kuznetsova’s Australian Open gear was a rather kitsch display of neon, star prints and multi-paneling, complete with a signature star bandana.
| Indian Wells |
Camila Giorgi, the tour’s resident sassy fashionista, doesn’t care about flashy labels – certainly not on the court, at least. She couldn’t find the style she liked, so she – or, more accurately her mother – simply made her own, aptly named Giorgi. Her garb with interesting cotton embroidery suited her petite frame perfectly in the Palm Desert of the BNP Paribas Open.
| Roland Garros |
Fan Favorite Agnieszka Radwanska evidently ran through the meadows on her way to the clay courts of this year’s Roland Garros. Lotto designed one of their most unique dresses of 2014, incorporating graphic florals in watercolor motifs, proving the Pole was no wallflower to her contemporaries.
Williams’s painterly prints recalled the couture techniques of traditional Parisian labels at Roland Garros. Her pinafore style dress with A-line skirt contrasted beautifully to the red clay.
Kuznetsova’s highlighter neon separates utilized the vibrant tie-dye effects of the clay court. Her shirt and skirt bled hues from orange to yellow offset with navy blue trim. She maneuvered the court in complimentary shoes given a three colorway overhaul en route to the quarterfinals.
Giorgi also took cue from tie-dye effects. She donned her typical body con silhouette, this time updated in a summertime colorway of sorbet peach and white. The dress featured an interesting crossover open back and feminine v-neck neckline.
| Eastbourne |
Not content with transitioning her clay fashion onto the lawns of the Aegon International in Eastbourne, Giorgi sported an entirely new design from the Haus of Giorgi by way of Mother Giorgi. Pristine whites weren’t on the style agenda; instead, her body con dress was smattered with optic illusion floral motifs in a vibrant colorway of baby blue and purple.
| US Open |
Lotto gave us traditional country club glamor under the glitzy lights of the US Open. Radwanska ensured the spectators were dotty for dots, debuting her kitschy polka number during the last slam of the season. She paired the look with a neon yellow visor and staple white sweatbands.
The EleVen print foray carried its form to William’s home slam. This time, the look was less daredevil and more chintzy, given the manipulated floral print working its way from head-to-toe on court. With a contrast of china blue and white, the colorway complimented the bluer-than-blue backboards and court of the US Open.
Blue was also the calling card for Kuznetsova’s sartorial style. The neon shades of the summer made their way in neon blue, fading into a galaxy print with a sprinkling of stars on the skirt hem. The dress featured a halter neck silhouette and came complete with trademark bandana and sweatbands.
Radwanska’s quest to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee at the WTA Finals failed at the round robin stages in Singapore. Her dress however, cut in the same silhouette as her US Open affair, made headlines for all the right reasons. Lotto’s print outing featured a unique and graphic butterfly design in varying vibrant colour shades, ideal for one of the world’s elite eight.