As our reader Brenda from Argentina asked for my overview of the 2011 Australian Open tennis fashion, here it is – a little bit of every brand, a little bit of good and bad.
Let's not save the best for the last. Let's start with by far the biggest fashion attention-grabber of the tournament – Venus Williams. The American played three matches (actually two, but she started her third one) and showcased the same number of outfits. The following one is the unofficial ugliest tennis outfit of the decade.
Venus, a graduate in fashion design and the person behind clothing line EleVen, made the outfits herself.
Believe it or not, Venus' dresses, or whatever they can be called, have gained a fan base. Whoever likes Venus' latest EleVen dresses, please leave a comment! I'm sure the world would love to hear your reasoning.
I'd like to continue with Nadia Petrova, the representative of Ellesse. Petrova has also had some colorful and imaginative styles (remember her US Open 2010 outfit that had stripes of all the possible colors?). There might be sound logic behind Petrova's support of EleVen.
Another fashion favorite is always Aravane Rezai. Even though this time her family drama attracted more attention than her dress, the Frenchwoman stayed faithful to the touch of crazy uniqueness. Although, she definitely can do better!
Let's move on to adidas – plenty of it.
The I-look-awesome-in-everything Maria Kirilenko is wearing adidas Barricade line, just like Justine Henin, who shockingly retired from the sport two days ago, and Andrea Petkovic, who wore both all-white and all-green ensembles.
In the following photo you can also see the back of Maria Sharapova's Nike dress. There was a lot of talk about Sharapova's Oz Open Ace Dress and Nike people even made a video describing the whole process behind it, and her shoes.
Here's the front part of the dress:
But let's get back to adidas.
Flavia Pennetta was wearing adidas Adipure line, with stripes.
While Daniela Hantuchova, just like Ana Ivanovic, sported the wonderful adidas Adizero dress. However, I got a bit disappointed by the opening in the back. It would've been better without it.
Samantha Stosur looked sleek in her white Lacoste dress.
Jelena Jankovic and ANTA failed to bring anything new to the table, and I'm mentioning her only because of her previously earned fashion fame.
Another apparel change involving adidas took place – with Dinara Safina moving from the German brand to Italian Sergio Tacchini.
As for Fila, they chose grass green for Kim Clijsters, and their classic colors for Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Top seed Caroline Wozniacki was the ballerina of the tournament, with adidas by Stella McCartney white and pink dress.
Vera Zvonareva and K-Swiss I'll mention only because Vera was the second seed and I want to show something from K-Swiss as well, but compared to other designs, theirs doesn't stand out, which is essentially not a bad thing.
Here's a bit of purple Reebok, represented by Shahar Peer.
And some more of Nike, pink and white on Victoria Azarenka.
For the end, I'll let you guess whose socks are these.
Wow, I've made an extensive overview! So many photos, so many brands and different styles. My No.1 option as of late is always adidas. The fashion fun award goes to Venus! What are your picks? Do tell!
(photos: Upali Wickramasinghe, Tidalist, Ben Solomon, Getty Images/Clive Brunskill, Getty Images/Quinn Rooney, Getty Images/Cameron Spencer, Getty Images/Mark Dadswell, Getty Images/Quinn Rooney via Australian Open, Life.com)