When it comes to fashion, Wimbledon is extremely restricting because of its traditional white dress code, but the fact that tennis apparel companies can't express themselves through color only forces them to think harder and bring the depth of design through creative silhouettes and contrasting fabrics. Marija Zivlak of Women's Tennis Blog will now present the performance ladies’ collections ready to grace the iconic grass-courts of Wimbledon 2017.
The London Line Collection by Adidas is Part 1 of the "Evil Twin" range, inspired by the personality shift that tennis players go through when they are about to start a match, switching from their off-court friendliness to on-court fierceness. The concept of duality is represented by contrasting fabrics, in particular by solid opaque panels and open mesh construction patches.
In the promo image, Angelique Kerber is sporting the high-neckline adidas London Line Tank, equipped with Climacool moisture management, slits on the back for a striking yet effective aesthetic, and built-in bra with optional cups. The matching adidas London Line Skirt, available in two lengths, is unique for its wave-patterned mesh that covers the incorporated compression shorts.
Kristina Mladenovic will debut the 3-in-1 adidas London Line Dress which captivates with its on-trend higher neckline, as well as its contrasting feminine laser-cut mesh sleeves and back panel.
As a follow-up to Wimbledon's whites, Part 2 and the dark, sinister side of the "Evil Twin" series will be launched later in the season.
Stella McCartney is also giving an upgrade to classic Wimbledon whites with textured design engineered to support top level of performance. Garbiñe Muguruza’s 3-in-1 adidas Fall Stella McCartney Dress, inspired by feminine style of vintage lingerie, focuses on modern finishes such as blends of different knitting techniques that still fit the traditional feel of the grass-court Grand Slam.
Climacool material supports the body’s natural temperature regulation, further enhanced by quarter-zip and back keyhole cutout ventilation.
Shoes designed for the famous lawns are called adidas Stella Barricade BOOST 2017, featuring a two-layer seamless Primeknit and mesh upper for the ultimate fit and comfort.
Eugenie Bouchard will rock the NikeCourt Dry Slam Tank, unique for its sleeveless design with dropped back hem and engineered knit zones for better airflow, and the NikeCourt Power Spin Skirt, offering maximum comfort thanks to Nike Power fabric that brings a range of stretch and support and Dri-FIT Technology that wicks sweat away from the body.
Madison Keys chose the NikeCourt Dry Slam Dress, which looks like a tunic, as the shorts is very visible. Engineered knit panels provide plenty of breathability with a stylish touch and elongated back hem brings added coverage to the finely-pleated skirt.
Lacoste’s brightest star Dominika Cibulkova, together with Christina McHale, will sport the white Spring Player Dress, whose unique design elements include thick straps, racerback with keyhole cutout and super cute dropped pleated skirt hem.
Breathable, ultra-dry technical stretch jersey and 50+ UV protection ensure optimal level of comfort and protection.
Alizé Cornet will present the company’s separates, in particular the Lacoste Stretch Petit Piqué Polo, featuring a long, five-button placket, and the Sport Light Technical Knit Pleated Tennis Skirt, including shorts and zip fastening on side.
After taking a fashion risk with fluffy tulle ruffles of the Camoflower Dress at the French Open, Agnieszka Radwanska is back to a classic design for the most traditional tennis tournament. The white Lotto Nixia III Dress for Wimbledon is embellished with elements like lingerie details, invisible cuts and seams, as well as 3D prints.
Fila's Karolina Pliskova is set to sport the clean and classic fashions of the Lawn collection, stylized with vertical pleats and performance details such as illusion mesh inserts.
The Lawn range offers three silhouettes of tops, two skort styles, a dress and statement knit cardigan, while at the Aegon International in Eastbourne we saw the Czech in the collection’s Racer Tank, designed with illusion mesh inserts at the armhole panels and vertical pleats with illusion mesh gussets on the back, and the matching Lawn Skirt, available in two lengths, 13″ and 15″.
Jelena Jankovic will rock the Fila Spotlight Set collection, in particular the Fila Spotlight Dress, which does comply with Wimbledon’s all-white clothing rules, but its shimmer-effect gel print brings boldness and fun to the traditional Grand Slam. In order not to go overboard with edginess, the all-over sparkle print is balanced by sharp, geometric cut lines and just a subtle front slit.
New Balance is yet another brand indulging in the benefits of pleats with the Spring English Rose Dress we saw Heather Watson sport in Eastbourne and the Brit is expected to wear the same design at Wimbledon. Watson’s super lightweight tulle mesh pleats create a soft, flattering flair, while added touch of subtle femininity is achieved through a floral pattern engineered into the mesh at the upper chest and racerback.