Four times a year, major events turn the pro tennis court into a runway of sorts. With Roland Garros at its midpoint, the style report is in as a tailored, trimmed-down account of the tournament's well-heeled wardrobing.
Earlier this week, you enjoyed the fashion aces, and now, here are the 2018 French Open's fashion faults:
Just say no to prints that look like your three-generations-ago ancestors' wallpaper. The theme appeared to be "poisonous flora."
Camila #Giorgi si gioca un posto negli ottavi del @rolandgarros contro la statunitense Sloane Stephens, n.10 del ranking e del seeding! L'italiana è in vantaggio per 2 a 1 nel bilancio dei confronti diretti. #stayFIT #tennis #RG18 pic.twitter.com/5PQxCHMyG6— Federtennis (@federtennis) June 1, 2018
Adidas surely didn't have this in mind, but the top in which it outfitted Kontaveit (among others) brings to mind Balenciaga's alternately ballyhooed and booed "T-shirt shirt." Its awkward cut, around the back and up the shoulder blades, rendered it looking unfinished or untidy, akin to an unnecessary curtain hung on a human frame or a shirt shedding its own skin.
That Funereal All-Black Trend
Why so serious? The only time donning all-black was worthy, and incredibly poignant at that, was when Monica Seles wore it at the 1998 French Open; it became a tribute to her beloved, recently deceased father.
Yet here we were, with the otherwise colorful Gael Monfils, David Goffin, Julia Goerges and more in Asics; Garbine Muguruza and Caroline Wozniacki in Stella McCartney for Adidas; and the list goes on. The yellow kicks and gray paneling do the ladies in Adidas no real favors. Serena narrowly avoided landing here thanks to her accent "belt."
In a place as bright and buoyant as Paris, this comes across as the sartorial equivalent of singing a dirge.
Caroline Wozniacki moves into the fourth round of #RG18.— Jimmie48 Photography (@JJlovesTennis) June 1, 2018
Smooth sailing for most of the match but late-match rain and a resurgent Parmentier gave Wozniacki a bit of late trouble. pic.twitter.com/iMfRyt1ZV8
The coloration-design of this Fila kit was attractive, even as it clashed with the clay. Ultimately, the lower-back pleating does it in. Too many tiers of what was happening on that top – and on to Wimbledon she goes.
As with Pliskova's attire, attempts to reconcile with this look simply fell short. Purple is your style reporter's favorite color on earth, yet Mizuno needlessly busied the above-the-belt portion of these separates. Perhaps this would have worked well on blue hard courts in Melbourne or New York, but it doesn't photograph well on this surface.
Hydrogen washed out the flashy Italian with a red set that plainly doesn't work. The shorts are well fitted, with good detail, but the sum of it falls short of lightning-bolt value. (Still, no one else could have sported such a graphic.)
However, as a consolation prize, he does win for best practice tee:
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