Yesterday I received an email from Fila informing me that they are extending their partnership with Karolina Pliskova, so I decided the Czech to be the next player in my off-season Fashion Retrospections.
Year 2018 was especially important for the 26-year-old, as she married her long-time partner in July, while in terms of her career, it was a satisfactory season during which she played 23 tournaments and won two WTA titles. But let’s move on to fashion now and see how Fila treated Pliskova in the season behind us.
The world No.8 opened the season in Brisbane, wearing her last year’s Singapore outfit — separates from the Game Day collection that mixes colorblocks and pinstripe pattern in a soft color palette that includes heather grey, white and coral.
The tank features ruching at the bust, while the skort includes several pleats on the back.
Brands tend to indulge in experiments when it comes to Grand Slam fashion, but Fila decided to go back to basics with their Heritage collection for the 2018 Australian Open. Classic silhouettes in navy, red and white never go out of style.
In Doha and Dubai, Pliskova sported more of the traditional stuff.
At the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Fila stayed true to simple cuts and colorblocks, but refreshed things up with upbeat, jewel-tone colorways of the Sweetspot collection.
Here we can see the collection’s racerback tank featuring contrast color yoke and chest stripe.
The solid skirt has pleat detailing on the back.
In Miami, Pliskova rocked the Fila Sweetspot Sleeveless Polo, my favorite top from the Sweetspot collection.
The 26-year-old lifted the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix champion’s trophy in sophisticated separates — the Fila Spring Pia Sleeveless Polo and Fila Saffira Skirt. This look made my 2018 fashion favorites, as you may have seen at the official WTA website where I published my Top 5 outfits from the season.
Pliskova rocked two versions of the polo, which features ribbed collar, pinstripes, contrast armholes and snap button placket. The skirt is a classic pleated silhouette.
We’re not used to Pliskova in girly colors, so it was refreshing to see the Ace Queen in lilac chiffon combined with electric club print of the Elite collection at Roland Garros and Wimbledon tune-up tournaments.
The photos show Pliskova in two versions of the peculiar Fila Elite Pleated Back Tank, which features layered mesh back tiers and, as the name suggests, a pleated back panel.
The Elite Skirt exist in both print and solid lilac.
Fila’s Championships collection for Wimbledon was all about floral lace overlay embellishments. Even though the range features some bold items, Pliskova opted for this Fila Championships Racerback Tank and the Lace Hem Skirt which have only subtle lace details.
Fila stepped out of its comfort zone by going for stars from head to toe at the US Open. Pliskova promoted the Print Racer Tank, Print Flirty Skirt and Axilus Energized shoes during her run to the quarterfinals in New York and during subsequent Asian Swing.
The former world No.1 finalized the season in Singapore, wearing what seemed to be a black version of her lacy Wimbledon look. The pure black collection is called Style Setters and here the Czech is clad in the Fila Style Racer Tank and Fila Style Skirt.
How would you rate Pliskova’s 2018 Fila style? Is her Stuttgart look your favorite as well? I’d love to hear your opinion in the comments.
I generally like the Fila clothes and particularly the heritage collection. Kristina looks really great in the Australian Open dress. Not sure about the “girly” pastels, the stars or the weird pleated back tank though. And the black Singapore outfit is just boring.
CLT, I agree, Pliskova looks best in classic style. Prints and fashion experiments are not her thing. I guess that the Singapore look is better in person.
Let me offer a different take. Whatever she wears in the way of outfits, the tramp-stamp artwork is still visible and hideous to me and others. These idiotic self-mutilations say little positive about the person’s self-image and values. Pliskova should pursue laser removal of the ink; it would make her body and all outfits on it substantially more flattering.
Tramp stamp ink undermines whatever outer wear and underwear this woman puts on. Get rid of the ink and self-mutilation; very unflattering to the woman and her mental state and self-image.
Have to say I agree the tats are super-ugly but a lot of young people have them now.
I think her best outfit would be the separates from Stuttgart plus her Heritage collection dresses.