Thursday, 17 January 2013

Australian Open 2013 - Fashion (Particularly Women's Fashion) - A Commentary

Well, this is a brief and spontaneous Fashion Commentary on the on-court styles of players at the Australian Open 2013:

This year, if there is one outfit that clearly impresses the fashionista in me, its gotta be Venus Williams' outfit.

Official description reads as below:

Cross Court Floral dress from the 2013 collection of EleVen By Venus Williams. The dress, described as a floral watercolor design in aqua, peach, cream, and white with thin black contrast binding at the bust, waistline, and sleeves giving it special detailing will be available in stores. 

My commentary and views:

Love the combination of prints, floral & pastel water colored hues.  Understated, sombre, but very stylish.

What i call as 'Scoop neck' & 'cap sleeves' render it a very apt dress for hourglass body types ;) Venus surely has lost oodles of weight, coming in to the Grand Slam of the Asia Pacific, so the dress aptly fits her frame.

Well, on that count, for serve and volley - which is what tennis ought to be, at least most of the time - baseline duels permitting, scoop neck tends to be a little unsuited, as i realized when i watched Venus on court - see photo below, its quite self-explanatory:

The Accessories:

Venus paired it with a classic string of pearls for neckwear - highly appreciated.  

The only thing i would give a BIG thumbs DOWN in her ensemble is her earrings! ;-( 

Oh, what an opportunity lost there - a pair of classic, simple pearl drops (preferably tear drop) would have completed the look so well.  I quite disliked the loud earrings (she wore a second earring as well - though i am not sure if those are pierced or cling on earrings) she sported.  Spoilsport, actually!

My recommendation would be for dainty tear drop earrings for her main ear piercing accompanied by a tiny solitaire pearl for the second ear piercing.  

Image Courtesy: and Getty Images

When she walked in to her second round match, saw her also wearing a smoky grey cocktail ring on her left hand - nice bling and went well with the overall look.  Not sure if she keeps it on when she plays.  Have not been able to source a close-up pic from the Internet.  Looks like i have to do a photo-grab from TV when she comes over for her much anticipated third round match versus Maria Sharapova.

Her visor and shoes are, at best, ok - though i would have loved to see a powder blue visor & shoes.  But, they pass off and don't really take away anything from the look - as much as they don't accentuate it. Maria has had a history of better matching her visor with her outfits, over the years. 

Talking of accentuating, there is one thing that very stylishly accentuates Venus' look: and that is, her hair highlights ;) 

When Venus arrived in pre-tournament events, remixing her hair with blue box braids, i wasn't too interested. See these photos - i think leaving her hair open did very little justice.  Now, a nice bun to go with her dress and it truly is some crowning glory.

Image Courtesy: and Getty Images

The picture below probably shows her hair highlights best, though its intention was to focus on the butterfly / insect on her neck! 

So, that's the commentary on Venus' look.  And, i departed from my own tradition because I always comment on Maria's outfit first.  This time around, her neutral yellow (said to be inspired by her sunlight pictures sent to Nike) is rather ordinary i thought - especially because most of the field has turned up in Yellow and White - making us wonder if we have declared ourselves yellow planet or what ;) 

If you are wondering why the font color for this post is emerald green, well, you got it right - with Pantone declaring Emerald Green as the color to watch this year - I couldn't find it anywhere in Tennis World yet - except for Maria's stud post earrings - which is a very nice emerald green - but i am not sure if that is emerald or onyx - have posted on her FB page & tweeted her at her brand new twitter ID, so let's wait for that before I do a commentary on her look this Australian Open 2013.  Well, tennis fashion, traditionally, is observed to lag behind current trends -though, i must admit, in recent years, the extent to which it lags behind has been significantly reduced thanks to protagonists like Maria & Venus. 

Lastly, I think Venus has made up for a series of fashion blunders at this very stage the last couple times with this very stylish, understated look.  Thumbs up!  

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