Middle Sunday has arrived which gives us the perfect opportunity to grade the on-court fashions from SW19. While a strict all white dress code may compromise individuality — though, frankly, it’s been nice to give our eyes a rest following Nike’s neon crusade last month — there’s been some standout designs at this year’s Wimbledon Championships. See who made our “Best Dressed” list this Slam Style Seeds: you’re in for a treat.
We’ve championed Fila in the past for its strong and simple designs. This year their poster girl — nay, poster woman — Jelena Jankovic is sporting Fila’s summer goddess collection, previewed at the tail end of May by yours truly. The design incorporates form-fitting vertical panels accentuated by Jankovic’s superior athletic figure, along with a signature logo badge on the left strap and embroidered logo on the back. Jankovic challenged Wimbledon’s traditional dress code ever-so slightly with a wrist full of bangles and her newly shortened tresses tied into a mohawk-style ponytail.
Golden boy Grigor Dimitrov respected heritage style on the lawns of SW19 with a smart polo shirt and shorts outfit combination from Nike’s fall line. Sporting a pair of Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour’s in a classic colorway of white and silver, the Bulgarian cut a sporty, yet classic figure this year — for the time he was with us.
Speaking of Dimitrov, girlfriend and former Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova stood out from the crowd last week in an opaque-paneled London tunic, proving that big tennis underwear is most definitely back in fashion. The Siberian siren was seen sporting the same graphic print on her clay court separates — here recreated into an optical illusion dress in Sharapova’s favored racerback silhouette, naturally paired with Nike Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour’s in white and silver.
Similar to Jankovic’s sponsorship with Fila, the Japanese sportswear innovators at Uniqlo certainly know how to make her compatriot, Novak Djokovic, look both classically modern and activewear-ready on the manicured grass of Centre Court. The World No. 1 donned a polo shirt paired with shorts featuring black accent seaming inscribed with Djokovic’s signature logo and Uniqlo’s brand badge. As well as looking sartorially stylish, the Serb also found time on-court to protect a wayward bird that landed on the Centre Court baseline. A friend of fashion and a friend of nature: what more could you ask for?
Under Armour’s most recent recruit, and perhaps most well-known brand ambassador, Andy Murray is shedding light on the brands functional tennis apparel. With that in mind, American Sloane Stephens is Under Armour’s best bet for clothing creativity, and it seems to be paying off. The dress worn by Stephens incorporated much of what we’ve witnessed at SW19 — mesh, an open back…oh, and a white color palette, of course.
Seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer isn’t the first player that springs to mind for wearing ever-so slightly daring designs. This year has proved the potential of pairing Nike’s creative flair with Federer’s on-court elegance, evident at this year’s French Open where the Swiss sported an unusual color palette of red and purple. At this year’s Championships, instead of wearing a traditional polo shirt, Federer donned a rather trendy Lawn Premier RF Henley complete with Lawn Gladiator Premier 7″ Shorts.
On to another multi-Wimbledon champion.
Venus Williams has been promoting her EleVen line this week in an elegant two-piece design. The American was initially supposed to be debuting a brand new slam dress with a detail hem-slit, but perhaps it was slightly too daring for for the AELTC officials to handle. Sporting a Fleur Double Cross Tank and Fleur De Monde Flutter Skirt in crisp Wimbledon whites, Venus looks every inch a grass-court goddess.
The Japanese athletic label Asics have found themselves a new star in Canada’s No. 2, Vasek Pospisil. The baby faced 25-year-old has made the fourth round of a slam for the first time in his career on the grass courts of Wimbledon, and he’s looked stylish whilst reigning victorious. Dressed in the brand’s zip-collared spring club polo with matching shorts accented with blue Asics logos, Pospisil is making this classic combination look thoroughly up to date.
Adidas finally gave former slam champion Ana Ivanovic a new dress silhouette at this year’s Championships. While Y-3’s collaboration with the brand did wonders for the Serb — who reached the semifinal of a slam for the first time in seven years at Roland Garros — this all-white number had the exact opposite effect resulting a third straight second round loss at SW19. Still, the Serb’s elegant double-strap dress with a multi-strap open back gave enough design details to impress even the most reluctant of fans.
Dustin Brown caused a massive rift in the gentlemen’s draw this week with a defeat of the struggling Spaniard, Rafael Nadal in the second round. Brown, dubbed the ‘dreadlocked sensation,’ matched his personal best at the Championships this year dressed in a daring sleeveless top and shorts by Under Armour.
But, we’re more interested in his pillar-box red Beats by Dre, which he’s been sporting on the entrance from the locker room.
Capping of this week’s Slam Style Seeds Best Dressed list is Caroline Wozniacki. As the face of Stella McCartney’s Adidas collection, Wozniacki gets her cherry pick of the best slam designs. This year’s championships called on a fun and flirty faux wrap design with a fluted laser cut mesh hem and a rather unusually placed front cut-out. It’s a design that truly fuses fashion with function.
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