Back in the days when Stella McCartney was clothing Maria Kirilenko, the designer’s recognizable style were outfits in subtle colors, the shades of grey, beige, white, light pink, and the like. In 2010, Stella’s first full year of cooperation with Caroline Wozniacki, until the very end of the season everything was grey, as you can see in all the outfits Wozniacki wore on the court that year. This season, the brand has fully departed from excess material and ruffles, in favor of clean lines, and the eye-catching red and yellow tones dominated the 2012 color palette.
It’s common for players to start a new season wearing clothes that closed the previous year. As the top ranked player in the world, Caroline Wozniacki opened 2012 with a light yellow dress that was my absolutely favorite Stella McCartney design of 2011.
The solid red dress was first shown in November 2011 in the Turkish Airlines commercial, but it saw its on-court premier at the Australian Open. Below is another look at the dress, from the Sony Ericsson Open.
Bright yellow was introduced in Stuttgart, Madrid and Rome, and in time for Roland Garros it took over the entire outfit.
Wozniacki was contrasting the red courts of Roland Garros in the color of sunshine.
A white tank paired with yellow skirt was a tune-up for an all-white Wimbledon.
The Wimbledon dress had a patterned mesh fabric bodice and a flounce skirt.
At the London Olympics, Wozniacki wore regular Adidas in the colors of the Danish flag.
At the tournaments leading up to the US Open, Stella again resorted to yellow for Wozniacki, but a more subtle look was in store for the New York Grand Slam. A black racer-back dress with rose tan layer underneath adorned the Dane, although for one match only, as she lost in the first round to Irina-Camelia Begu. However, the dress got the exposure it deserves at the Tournament of Champions in Sofia, at which Wozniacki reached the final and returned to the Top 10.
Color-block skorts in blue/white/cobalt and black/white/neon pink with matching tanks were Stella McCartney’s fall 2012 looks alongside the black US Open dress.
How do you find Caroline Wozniacki in Adidas by Stella McCartney this season? I think that this year’s designs are working in Wozniacki’s favor much more than previous years’ lines. Are you also glad the ruffles are history? (photos: danpalmer, Tennis Buzz, sr_cranks, Moo’s Tennis Blog, Laurent Lecerf pictures, © Neal Trousdale)