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Paris Courture

Ok girlies, this one is for you! (Guys you can read this too, no one will ever know, honest!) Fashion Week normally hits Paris in March and September with Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Valentino and Givenchy all showcasing their latest couture designs on catwalks across the French capital.

This week it’s the turn of Adidas, Nike, Reebok, Lacoste, Fred Perry and Fila to take to the courts of Roland Garros with the world’s best tennis stars their models.

Now we at LoveTennisBlog don’t profess to be fashion experts or super stylists but blame it on the impending release of Sex and the City 2 if you like (the movie is out on screens tomorrow!), we thought we’d look at the latest outfits and give them the once over.

La Vie En Rose

Plain Jane in Pink - Justine Henin

This classic French saying actually means life through rose coloured glasses, literally ‘life in pink’ which is exactly the colour Justine Henin and defending Champion Svetlana Kuznetsova have gone for in their bright Adidas and Fila outfits respectively.

Both girls are like Steffi Graf before them – a big if not predictable fan of the plain two-piece. No fancy frills or cut outs for these pair, oh no, they let their rackets do the talking and stick to t-shirts and skirts time after time.

Vogue – Strike a pose

The Williams sisters along with Maria Sharapova are at the other end of the scale when it comes to how they look on court. There is always a new bag for Serena, a new outfit Venus designed herself as she attempts to raise the profile of her own brand EleVen and new Tiffany designed earrings for lucky and lanky Miss Sharapova.

Serena this year in Paris has opted for my favourite colour – blue! Vibrant, full of life – a bit like the American herself then, the 2002 champion gets noticed in her custom made Nike number.

Venus sports her LBD whilst Serena goes for Bright Blue

Nike also has fashion-conscious Maria on their books and the two champions are never dressed alike, reflecting their individual style and preference. Maria’s Paris ensemble is a mix of and soft grey and deep burgundy to ‘compliment the clay courts of Roland Garros’. Nike’s words, not mine! Now although the wrap detail is quite nice, I’m not so sure about the colour mix. Hmmm, the fashion jury is still out on this one…

Sharapova's New Nike Dress

As every girl will know, when all else fails, stick to black. It’s the classic look that never dates. Venus models her very own little black number with an orange piping, perhaps relating to the colour of the court surface Miss Williams?

LBD Campaign

That leads me nicely to an idea I have to propose to the French Federation of Tennis. You all know that the All England Club at Wimbledon enforces an ‘all white’ rule for tennis players during The Championships. Now I’m aware of the complaints and the annoyance it causes to some of the players who hate to be told what to wear, but really it does look super smart against the crisp green green grass.

Soooo, I propose the FFT ask players to wear predominantly black outfits.

I remember back in the late 90s a host of tennis stars including Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Iva Majoli and Mary Pierce all wore black creations and they looked so sophisticated and striking against the bright red clay.

How special it would be for Paris to impose this new rule in the city which Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel herself gave birth to the LBD and Hubert de Givenchy designed many a little black number for Audrey Hepburn, the queen and perfecter of the Little Black Dress. Do I have any supporters behind me on this one?

Fabulous Frock Awards

Hold onto your handbags cause here come the awards! Yes, Mesdames et Messieurs, the LOVETennisBlog Fabulous Frock Award goes to (drum roll please) Giesla Dulko. Wearing the French label Lacoste, we couldn’t help but marvel at her chic classy navy shift dress with white piping. The epitome of cool, understated glamour on the court, we just had to salute her effortless style.

If the FFT don’t go for all-black rule, I would happily settle for an all-navy rule given the French Connection with all things navy and blue. LND doesn’t have the same ring to it I’m afraid, but we could work something out.

Alas with every winner must sadly come a loser (it’s the harsh world of tennis I’m afraid, I didn’t make this rule up). Now black and gold is normally an acceptable colour combination, screaming expensive taste but the worst dressed accolade just didn’t conform to Parisian grace and allure – this outfit simply screamed out ‘999’ to the French Fashion Police!!!

Winner of the Frumpy (what were you thinking) Frock Award - Aravane Rezai

She is French, she is a rising star of the clay court season this year winning the Madrid Open but Aravane Rezai ain’t winning no style awards in her two- piece so she goes home with the Frumpy (what were you thinking) Frock Award. It’s published here in black and gold for you all to see – am I being too brutal on my assessment? Let me know what you think out there.

That’s all for now my fashion friends, Au Revoir! Mwah Mwah!

Glamour, Set & Match

What has Cheryl Cole, Lady GaGa, Sienna Miller and America Ferrera got in common with Laura Robson, Kim Clijsters and Venus & Serena Williams? More-than-healthy bank balances? A host of adoring worldwide fans? Well stamped passports?

Yes, to all of the above but they are also nominees in the Glamour magazines Women of the Year 2010 awards.

Serena Williams won the Glamour Sportswoman of the Year 2009

Celebrating the women that have inspired and achieved great feats in all manner of spectrums, from music to movies, sport to fashion, the awards will be presented at a star studded event to be held on June 8th in London.

Laura, Kim, Venus & Serena are all up for the Sportswoman of the Year award alongside Beth Tweedie (Gymnastics), Chrissie Wellington (Triathlon), Claire Taylor (Cricket), Jessica Ennis (Heptathlon) and Rebecca Soni (Swimming). It’s pretty impressive that of the nine athletes, four are tennis players confirming tennis as the world’s top female sport (Yay!).

Laura must be pleased to be nominated in the category having not (yet) won a senior major (she was of course Junior Wimbledon Champion in 2008) like her fellow tennis pros. Kim is reigning US Open champion and Serena the current Wimbledon Champion, whilst Venus has not won a major since Wimbledon 2008. The three tour veterans have won a notable 21 majors between them, with Serena winning the most (12).

So what are the odds for tennis to win the vote? Serena is in fact defending champion for this title having won the award for Sportswoman of the Year 2009. Both her and her sister Venus stand a good chance being household familiar names and with great records at Wimbledon, where most fans associate tennis brilliance with.

Kim, as LoveTennisBlog has already brought to light (Kim Clijsters: Wonder Woman), is also up for a Laureus Sports Award this year alongside Serena and would be a popular bet especially with mothers up and down the country.

Will Maria Sharapova, the queen of on and off court style be snuffed that her name isn’t on the list? Given her dedication to fashion and her on court Tiffany sponsorship at Grand Slams (some people have all the luck), she may feel a little hard done by. However, these awards are designed to reward substance above style and poor Maria hasn’t been at her Grand Slam performance best thanks to a niggling shoulder injury.

In that case, how come Svetlana Kuznetsova, the reigning French Open champion has not been shortlisted? Not a well-known household name unless your house happens to be in Russia or perhaps Spain, but nevertheless she won 7 matches in a row when it mattered and might feel a little left out.

The good news about these awards is you can have your say and vote for your favourite player online. Click here to mark your ballot card for who you feel best deserves the title (and you can vote in the other categories whilst you are at it, only if you wish).

There is also the facility to nominate someone else other than the four tennis players listed, for example poor forgotten about Sveta. Closing date for entries is 31st March and everyone who votes gets entered into the draw to win a pair of sought after tickets for the glamorous awards do in June.

In the meantime, we’ll all have to keep our beautifully manicured fingers crossed that it’s Glamour, Set & Match: Tennis!