Paris Courture 2011

What an opening week for the ladies! Some outfits have got more court time than others, so let’s take a look at the best and worst Roland Garros has to offer.

Colour Bomb
There has been an explosion of colour this year in line with the catwalk trend of block colour. Jelena Jankovic sported a pink print Anta dress with purple shoes. Elena Baltacha modelled a bright blue Yonex dress with black halterneck detail. World Number one and shock 3rd round loser Caroline Wozniacki was working the colour block trend with her neon shoes and nail polish against her navy blue Stella McCartney adidas dress. Frills or no frills, she’s homeward bound to Denmark, once again, Grand Slam trophy-less.

Jelena Jankovic in her Pink Print Anta Dress

Retro revival

Second seed Kim Clijsters, who has already packed her bags and got the Eurostar to Belgium, wore a familiar Fila top and skirt during her two matches. Fans of Monica Seles will remember her multi coloured outfit and jacket won in the late 80s and Kim’s new pink and purple version is in tribute to Fila’s 100th Anniversary. Apparently, the rig out is special (or was) to Kim because it was similar to a Fila outfit she received as a Christmas present way back in the day.

Kim wears her Fila creation in tribute of the 100th anniversary

Warrior Prince(ss)

She’s done it again. Xperia Hot Shot Bethanie Mattek-Sands has pulled the war paint under her eyes and quite literally, pulled her socks up. A fan of multiple outfits during tournaments, you can certainly see she recently spent some time with Lady GaGa’s designer – one wonders will she be laying on the white war paint for the hallowed grounds of Wimbledon!?

Bethanie Mattek-Sands always sporting new looks

City of Lights

You gotta hand it to Maria Sharapova. With Venus & Serena Williams off injured, the style stakes bore heavy on Miss Sharapova’s already beleaguered shoulders and she certainly has lived up to the mark. Her mellow yellow gold dress is simply the most elegant of the tournament, plus its design was inspired by the very city of lights itself, Paris.

Maria wins the LTB Fabulous Frock Award FO 2011

Maria’s team at Nike have produced this stunning dress entitled Line 9, which refers to a local Parisian Metro line. Lightly structured like the build of the Eiffel Tower, the dress has great movement with an overlay of mesh and there is a cute diamond detail at the back. Teamed with Tiffany earrings, its hard not to notice the Rome Champion as style queen here.

Even fellow blogger Peter Fryer was raving about this dress so that means Miss Maria earns the coveted LTB Fabulous Frock Award! Congrats Maria!

Eiffel’y nice shirt Nadal

Speaking of Eiffel Towers, there seems to be one printed on the back of Rafa Nadal’s blue top, a nice tribute to the man 5 times champion here in Paris.

Nadal's Nike tribute to Eiffel Tower in design of shirt

Elsewhere in the men’s draw, Frenchman Gael Monfils is parading around in purple – an unusual colour choice for the guys, but it seems to be working for him. Man of the moment, Novak Djokovic looked the business in black, I thought for a second he had been reading my campaign for LBD but thankfully, he didn’t model a dress for us this time around.

Until the next fashion parade mes amis, Au revoir!!

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