World number four Karolina Pliskova‘s year 2017 was marked by outstanding professional success which included three Premier-level titles, a lot of late finishes at other WTA events and most notably the number one ranking debut following Wimbledon, while her private life also flourished, as the Czech got engaged to her long-time boyfriend Michal Hrdlicka. As part of my well-known annual Fashion Retrospections, I’ll now review the on-court style of Fila-sponsored Pliskova during this memorable year in her life.
The season kicked off with a bang, as Pliskova won the Brisbane International title, wearing the Heritage collection launched at the 2016 US Open, in particular the Racerback Tank, a crimson/black/white piece featuring sporty contrast color side panels and 30+ UV protection, and a simple black skirt.
At the Australian Open, Pliskova paid homage to Fila’s original aesthetic with the classic hues and cuts of the Fila Spring Heritage I Racer Tank and a solid navy skirt. In that outfit she also won the title at her subsequent tournament in Doha.
During her short campaign in Dubai, we saw a different color version of the same outfit.
At the next five tournaments, including her runs to the semifinals of Miami and Indian Wells, Pliskova sported my favorite Fila collection of the season, a modern style with a touch of retro flair. I love the re-introduction of the company’s archival green, refreshing the historic trio of red, white and navy. Above we can see the Czech wearing the Spring Heritage II Strappy Tank and the Spring Heritage II Skirt, both featuring contrast stripes.
The tank and the skort come in three combinations of colors, while during her round-one loss in Prague the Czech played in beautiful striped 3/4 sleeves.
Continuing the winning color scheme, at Roland Garros Pliskova wore the striped Fila Spring Heritage II Sleeveless Polo and the familiar Fila Spring Heritage II Skirt, whose green elastic waistband matches the top’s green colorblock.
Fila brought visual interest to the Wimbledon whites with the Lawn collection‘s Racer Tank, unique for its pleats with mesh backing, and the complementary pleated skirt. Pliskova worked the same look during her title run at Eastbourne.
At the Rogers Cup in Toronto, Pliskova mixed and matched pieces from the Heritage I group of clothes.
In the above two pics and the photo from doubles with Eugenie Bouchard, we can see all three versions of the Fila Spring Heritage I Racer Tank. As you can see, colorblocks were dominating the entire season.
The most dramatic change happened at the US Open, with the introduction of pastel tones and geometric print, but it’s good that Fila stayed true to its core values, keeping the novel approach within the boundaries of traditional sporty fashion.
For the China Open, Pliskova opted for her busiest look of the season, pairing the printed skirt with its absolute match, the Fila Fall Heritage Print Racer Tank.
At the WTA Finals in Singapore, the ace queen launched the pastel-dominated Game Day collection, which combines Fila’s iconic 70s pinstripe with a refreshing palette of heather grey, white, and furo coral.
Is the Roland Garros collection your favorite as well? I really like how something so simple as a nice shade of green, well-distributed stripes and a polo give a special touch to a classic outfit. My second favorite is definitely the Singapore outfit, the Fila Game Day Racerback Tank and the Game Day Skort.
If you liked this article, have a look at my 2016 piece about Pliskova’s fashion during her Top 5 debut season.
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