When I think of Stella McCartney I think of excessive ruffles, emphasized femininity and neutral skin tones – the best examples are the outfits from Stella's glory days in the time of Maria Kirilenko to the early stages of when Caroline Wozniacki started wearing the line. Later on, Stella, affiliated with Adidas, distanced herself from the fluffiness and took on a more sporty approach to tennis clothing, probably trying to better adapt to her new representatives – Caroline Wozniacki, Laura Robson and Andrea Petkovic – and event though she always stuck to her love of details, overall her designs were more toned down and more in sync with other Adidas apparel.
However, the new Adidas Stella Barricade Group clothes are a return to the designer's old self and I have to say that I am thrilled with the change, not because I didn't like Stella's less feminine designs (actually some of them are my all-time favorites), but because she created a landmark collection, clothes to remember, as when I saw them I was pleasantly shocked and surprised for a few moments. Why?
Barricade NY Tank with volant ruffle on right side and mesh strap on left, in the colors of soft powder, meat and white
Because Stella applied asymmetry in very unusual ways, with side, shoulder and bust ruffles, and used the colors of meat and earth, color choices not commonly used in sports clothes. Moreover, the collection features such a variety of tops, that I don't know which style to leave out from my review.
The above Adidas Stella McCartney Barricade NY Dress, or its lighter version below, are styles for the US Open. The asymmetry, accentuated by colorblocking, is the highlight of this item. It comes as a set with a coordinating ball shortie in yellow and poppy pink.
I can't wait to see Maria Kirilenko in these ruffles! She will look stunning! Whichever top she opts for, she will look perfect! Although, I can't imagine Andrea Petkovic and Laura Robson in these clothes. Wozniacki so so.
Players that look better in simpler outfits can choose the colored version of Wozniacki's Wimbledon dress (it also exists in the color of earth) or for the below-shown seamless top with elbow-length perforated sleeves. The one with the slits on upper back is reserved for those who love to take tennis fashion to the edge.
The entire collection is already available at Tennis Warehouse.
Are you also pleasantly surprised by Stella's play with ruffles and earth/skin colors?