On Tuesday I picked my top Roland Garros 2015 styles for the official WTA website and now I’ll make a comprehensive fashion overview here, as Grand Slam fashion collages have been a tradition on Women’s Tennis Blog for five years. The tennis clothing market has become richer than ever, as many smaller brands are making their presence known, having partnered with rising stars or lower ranked players.
We were worried that Agnieszka Radwanska’s disco ball dress by Lotto would reflect the sun and distract opponents, but nothing could stop German world No.83 Annika Beck to eliminate the Pole in the first round already. This was Aga’s first round-one exit at a Grand Slam since early 2009. Shoes: Lotto Raptor EVO.
Venus Williams‘ loss to Sloane Stephens was another early upset and fortunately the American has been handling her brand’s promotions well, so even though she fell in the first round, we can’t forget her EleVen Fleur De Monde Dress with cute criss-cross straps on upper back, nicely paired with the Nike Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour shoes.
As for Lotto’s representative Carla Suarez Navarro, people were not really eagerly waiting to see how the shiny outfit would look on her, and luckily, the Spaniard opted out of the disco ball and chose the perfectly suitable grey tank and skort from the Lotto Keylee Line. One of the biggest surprises of the tournament, Andreea Mitu, was also clad in this collection.
The fashion winner from the Nike club is definitely Maria Sharapova, with her Nike Summer Maria Paris Tunic whose stripes draw inspiration from French region Brittany. Although the Russian had the long-sleeve top on during her entire Roland Garros campaign, we know that below she had the cute T-back design and mesh waistband as a nice accent.
The Nike Court Zoom Vapor 9 Tour x Colette shoes have a whole range of honors for Sharapova: five symbols on the midsole for her five Grand Slam titles, her logo on the back tab of the left shoe, as well as an inspirational quote on the sock-liner.
Lucie Safarova has made the semifinals in the Nike Summer Advantage Cool Tank, that also exists in the reverse color combination, and the Nike Summer Victory Skirt in fuchsia glow. while her shoes are the same as Venus’, the Nike Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour that deliver a quick, responsive ride. As for world number one Serena Williams, there has been a major lapse by Nike this time, as the tennis legend’s Roland Garros dress hasn’t been promoted at all and is not even available at retail. As for the design itself, the cut is similar to her famous Australian Open dress, while the print very much reminds me of her 2014 US Open dress.
World No.50 Kaia Kanepi was playing her first tournament since officially announcing a clothing deal with young women’s activewear Sofibella, but the draw was not kind to her and she fell in her first match to defending champion Maria Sharapova. Besides the Sofibella Balance Racer Tank and the Sofibella Balance Sanaz 13″ Skirt, the famous Estonian was also wearing McDavid compression socks, due to the Achilles and calf injuries of the past.
Stella McCartney clad her athletes in color-block outfits combining amber yellow and neutral tones and featuring embroidered and printed floral design on skirts. I presented this collection in detail last month and while I wasn’t really impressed then, now I can say that the style looks good on players in action and it’s actually interesting that no other brand opted for shiny yellow for the red clay of Roland Garros.
Caroline Wozniacki was enjoying the vibrant feel of her Adidas Summer Stella McCartney Barricade Dress, Garbine Muguruza and Flavia Pennetta traditionally wore a tank and skort combo, this time the Adidas Summer Stella McCartney Barricade Tank and the white version of the Adidas Summer Stella McCartney Barricade Skirt.
Lacoste‘s club has a new member in Christina McHale and the American, just as the brand’s current WTA leader Alize Cornet, wore the laser blue outfit consisting of the Lacoste Spring Spring Tank with contrast zipper and keyhole cutout at center back that is a must in women’s tennis fashion nowadays and the Lacoste Spring Pleated Skirt whose style is reminiscent of traditional fashion, yet it looks absolutely trendy.
Brit Heather Watson decided not to pair her New Balance Spring Challenger Print Tank with the light blue skirt that completes the outfit, but rather opted for some contrast offered by the anthracite New Balance Spring Tournament Skirt. Considering that Watson was wearing the New Balance Minimus WC 60 B Seaspray shoes, it’s even better that she left out the blue skirt, as it would have blended too much.
Prior to Roland Garros, I had been in direct touch with Fila and they sent me promotional images of the Goddess collection including Jelena Jankovic wearing the sunny lime strappy tank and zip slip skirt, but in the end it turned out that during her brief French Open appearance JJ traditionally wore a dress, the Fila Spring Goddess Dress that is actually available at retail only in white and black. Julia Goerges wore the Fila Spring Goddess Hankerchief Skirt and the long-sleeve top, as well as the Fila Spring Goddess Wrap Tank.
Svetlana Kuznetsova is the sole WTA representative of Qiaodan and I laughed when I saw the Russian’s share of the photo of her look on Twitter with the caption “hustler”.
Alize Lim is so cute and I advise all you fashion lovers out there to keep an eye on this young gun. The French rising star has a clothing deal with Le Coq Sportif and at the 2015 French Open she stood out with this bold jumpsuit. He who dares wins and Alize recorded a fashion victory this time.
Elina Svitolina and Monica Puig are leading the Ellesse reinvention phase and, just as Lacoste, they brought a traditional feel with a contemporary twist. Such a combo can’t go wrong!
Ana Ivanovic, Simona Halep and Kristina Mladenovic had the privilege of wearing the cool black Y-3 designs made in collaboration of Adidas and Yohji Yamamoto. The dark color was freshened up by a unique floral print, hand-painted in Japan specifically for this occasion. Exotic! My favorite item from the Adidas Roland Garros Y-3 collection are these Adidas Adizero Y-3 Tempaia III shoes, which feature Adidas’ recognizable three stripes, the wonderful floral print and the “Y” texture in the upper part.
Do you like my fashion overview? Even though it’s lengthy, still I left out some brands, like Asics worn by Samantha Stosur, Srixon worn by Zarina Diyas, Tonic worn by Bojana Jovanovski, Mona Barthel’s Denise Cronwall outfit, and many others. It’s close to impossible to feature everything, but this collage is certainly the most in-depth you can find. Who was best dressed WTA star in your opinion? Tell me in the comments!
PAST WTA FASHIONS AT THE FRENCH OPEN:
- 2014: Have fashion risks turned into hits?
- 2013: Roland Garros – who wins the battle of WTA tennis fashion?
- 2012: The richness of WTA outfits at the claycourt Grand Slam – video overview
- 2011: Spring tennis fashion – French Open edition
- 2010: Roland Garros WTA fashion radar
(photos via Getty Images by Julian Finney, Clive Brunskill, Clive Mason)