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Wimbledon 2010: Polo Ralph Lauren & Tiffany Diamonds by the Yard

Hello-Hello, and Happy Tuesday!

We missed you yesterday, but the volume of inquiries about the wedding of Sweden’s Princess Victoria made us think it would be wise to leave up our Saturday post detailing the party frocks, heads of state in attendance, etc. But we are back today, and a good thing, as it is high party and sporting season.

Everyone knows Wimbledon is under way, and that means lots of activities on and off the court. We begin with some images from the official Pre-Party this past Saturday, on the left we see Venus Williams; sister Serena Williams may be seen on the right.

Celebrities (we use that word loosely) were also on hand, including the Sugababes singing group. (Do help TP out here, are we hopelessly out of touch to be unfamiliar with this group?)

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Two more athletes in attendance, Maria Sharapova and Jelena Jankovic.

As many readers know, there is always another party this time of year, the Polo Ralph Lauren annual Wimbledon celebration.

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This year’s event was at the firm’s Bond Street store. Party-goers included Gwyneth Paltrow  and actor Matt LeBlanc, the latter wearing Ralph Lauren.

More atmosphere at the party venue, the PRL store in London.

Below, Jules Knight, Stephen Bowman, Oliver Baines and Humphrey Berney of Blake (we confess to looking this one up on Google, they all are in what is referred to as a ‘boy band’) on the blue carpet.

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Also attending the festivities, former Champion Boris Becker and his wife, Lily, seen below.

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We thought Venus Williams looked elegant, and adore the pink/green necktie the gentleman on the right is sporting.

The event was a fundraiser for a British breast cancer organization, Too Many Women.

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Mr. Becker’s connection with Polo Ralph Lauren can be seen in this ad showcasing the Wimbledon Ball Boys and Girls, all clad in Ralph Lauren designs.

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This is the fourth year Mr. Lauren has designed the uniforms, although they are basically unchanged from last year. More on this topic tomorrow.

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This year’s Wimbledon on-court fashion updates are many and varied, below we see Serena Williams in her new Nike look.

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Maria Sharapova also wears a new style, also with a jacket over the dress, and also from Nike.

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For more updates and information about the on-court fashions, pop over and visit Rich at Down The Line Tennis, as always, he is a much better source on the topic than we.  The most we can add is evidence that it is hot over at Centre Court.

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Yes, it looks very warm indeed.

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Of course the uppermost image is a shirtless Roger Federer, the second is Rafael Nadal.

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And our final fashion note comes via a Tiffany new release regarding the earrings Maria Sharapova will be wearing during Wimbledon. Some may recall the tennis star and Tiffany have a marketing agreement; she wears and publicizes a specific pair of Tiffany earrings during each Grand Slam event.

Courtesy Tiffany

Ms. Sharapova is wearing Elsa Peretti Diamonds by the Yard®, here is a better look

Courtesy Tiffany

The Tiffany website’s product description:

“Maria Sharapova, one of the world’s top tennis players, is wearing Elsa Peretti® Diamonds by the Yard® earrings at Wimbledon. Sterling silver drop earrings with round brilliant diamonds, for pierced ears. Carat total weight .30. Original designs copyrighted by Elsa Peretti.”

Until next time!

ADDITIONAL PHOTO CREDITS:

  • Claire Greenway/Getty
  • Tim Jenkins/WWD

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Serena’s Trench Coat, Sharapova Shocker, Tiffany and Tennis, Original Penguin SALE!

Yesterday’s post covered the topic of style at Wimbledon, and the ‘Preppy vs. Pirate’ attributes assigned to the Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal rivalry. And whilst those issues certainly have all the excitement of Cook’s day old rice pudding (that is not a slam mind you, it is *very* good indeed) we did tease other fashion updates, and we do want to deliver on that promise. Let’s start with the trench coat, which we might point out is sometimes referred to as a ‘mackintosh,’ albeit infrequently in this household. At any rate, here you have it:

Serena Williams Trench Coat Wimbledon 6/24

We are talking about the white trench coat donned by Serena Williams and worn for her entrance onto the court. It may be difficult to spot in the photograph above, but there is a gold Nike swoosh on the upper left side. And the back story on the coat?

“I was talking to Nike, I walked in, had this great coat on there and they said we should do a coat like this for Wimbledon,” explained Serena about the evolution of this coat. “I was like, Okay, cool. I was really all about it. Now I have a wonderful white coat I can wear on the court and also, you know, in New York for those rainy days. “

The above is from Serena’s home page; unfortunately there do not appear to be any updated Wimbledon pix, a shame for a site of this sophistication, although there are audio updates from Wimbledon one may download. When asked about The Coat following her match (which she won handily) Ms. Williams was positively effusive about the coat: “I just love coats. I’m always buying Burberry coats. And I don’t know why, because I live in Florida, so it doesn’t really add up.”

Serena Williams in trench coat wimbledom

When queried about Ms. Williams’ coat, a spokesperson for the AEC (All England Club) said “As long as she is wearing clothes, and they are white, we will be happy,” referencing the Club’s hyper-strict dress code for play.

Moving on to our next tennis fashion discussion, let’s start with a look at The Tuxedo Shorts Set as worn by the lovely Maria Sharapova today. A bit of background on this: Ms. Sharapova has never worn shorts at a Grand Slam event. Until now.

Maria Sharapova Formal Tuxedo Shorts handout photo

Presumably many of you have already seen coverage of the Tennis Tuxedo, if you will, but hopefully our way-too-many photos, like the one above that shows the jacket more clearly than any of the candid shots did.

Maria Sharapova Wimbledon

The Nike Sleeveless Women’s Tennis Top is available in white or navy, with the navy a superior look in our opinion.

Maria Sharapova Nike Tuxedo Tennis TopSharapova

Of course, nothing we write from this distance will capture the excitement and energy of being at Wimbledon, as we are all too aware. We did think this writer’s description in the Telegraph’s story of the Sharapova apparel was apt, also done with a sense of humor, vital when covering these things.

The clothes? The tuxedo is not, repeat not a tuxedo, despite its wearer having described it as such. It is a waist-belted jacket with wide lapels, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Sharapova Wimbledon 2008

The shorts… there isn’t a great deal to say about the shorts, except to note that they cover what they are supposed to cover and that occasionally, especially when she is doing that left foot, right foot shuffle before she serves, the rear view resembles a pair of puppies scuffling in a bag.

Of course, the tennis apparel wardrobe is not all Ms. Sharapova must think about; she is also tasked with wearing Tiffany earrings. Long a friend to the tennis world, the jeweler is partnering with the glamorous tennis star for a two-year period covering the four Grand Slam championships in each of those years. A pair of earrings is designated for each tourney and once worn by Ms. Sharapova made available for sale online and at the company’s retail outlets. And the Wimbledon earrings?

Tiffany Swing Triple drop earrings


They are the Tiffany Swing earrings for pierced ears, described thusly:

Tiffany for Maria Sharapova. The world’s top-ranked player in women’s tennis is wearing Tiffany Swing earrings at Wimbledon. Triple drop earrings of round brilliant diamonds in platinum, for pierced ears.

The first pair made their debut at the French Open, 18k yellow gold Elsa Peretti Wave earrings “that cut a striking profile without adding weight.” The Princess must admit she was unaware Tiffany accessorized tennis dresses. But since that event was played we have learned that Ms. Sharapova’s French Open dress, the so-called Paris dress by Nike, has a “luminous Tiffany pearl button closure that fastens at the back of the dress.”

SHarapova Nike Paris dress

Nike Paris tennis dress with tiffany pearl closure

TP found the dress to be an absolutely stunning creation, simply beautiful on Ms. Sharapova. For multiple views of the dress, drop by Zappos.

And one last tidbit about Tiffany and tennis: their 2007 US Open collection in partnership with the USTA for the US Open last year wasn’t entirely hideous, as can be the case with the ‘promotional’ or ‘collectible’ jewelry accessory markets.

2007 US Open Tiffany pieces

Finally, a few final sale notes for the day. The first is Nordstrom where the ginormous SALE continues, and we are so pleased to see the Sugar ‘Smokin Cat’ Casual Houndstooth Flat we adore is marked down to 50% off its original price, and amazingly, there appears to be a good selection of sizes.

 Nordstrom sale Sugar \'Smokin Cat\' Casual Houndstooth Flat

Then there is the Original Penguin SALE, a must if you can make the time.

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Especially with their cute Kids look, as seen below:

Original Penguin Kids Prep School Logo

The Princess is out of the Palace for much of the day Wednesday, returning late in the afternoon. Until then, may all of your serves be aces!

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