Each and every Grand Slam, not only do we get to see thrilling competition at the best venues, but we also see all the top brands showcasing their new designs. Some turn out to be major hits, and some completely miss the mark. Below are the belles of the ball and the faux pas.
Best Dressed: Venus Williams
Not only did Venus Williams miss some of the chicest trends, like lace and corsets, into her 2010 Roland Garros dress, but her EleVen frock also had an edge that isn't normally seen in tennis fashion. And yes, there was some controversy surrounding her skin-colored spandex, but the more drama the better. V got an A this time around.
The WTA's resident fashionista, Maria Sharapova, tends to always perfectly balance tennis and real-life trends into her on-court style, and this year's French is no different. The Russian mixed black with a pretty burgundy-ish color to make an asymmetrical Nike design that, contrasting to some reports that claim the dress looks like the designer ran out of fabric, is trendy and suits Maria just right.
Serena Williams' Nike blue and neon green dress is definitely a winner, as the two colors work great together. But that's not the best part. The pleating at the bottom of the world number 1's ensemble is impeccable and takes the dress from boring to beautiful. I do, though, have one minor problem. Don't you guys think it seems much more Aussie Open than French Open?
Best Use of Color:
Jie Zheng makes her debut on Serve and Return;s best dressed list with a top/skirt combo that's fun and pops on the red clay of Paris. Her pleasantly surprising outfit, made by Anta, is a colorful statement-making getup that adds the perfect amount of pizazz to the Chinese's fiery game.
Been There, Done That, Still Cute:
It seems to me that Jelena Jankovic wears the same yellow Anta design each week with the exception of an added ruffle here or an extra pleat there. It's time for the designers over at the Chinese brand to come up with something new and exciting for a personality like JJ. But, despite the DeJa Vu of the Serb's wardrobe, there's no denying it looks pretty good.
Could Elena Dementieva's teal Yonex garment look any less drab and uninspiring? We've seen it before, and we though it was boring then. Elena, we're still bored.
Hey, I'm all for taking risks, if you can pull it off. And I hate to say it but Aravane Rezai, my dear, you can not pull this look off. There's Metallic and there's lace and there's ruffles and there's puffy sleeves and there's a collar. It's all very overwhelming. If Ms.Rezai wants to get on the list of best dressed, she's gonna have to start appreciating minimalism. Sweety, sometimes less really is more. Much more.
Random Detail Added at the Last Second:
Victoria Azarenka's Nike dress could have been a success if it weren't for the ugly stripes added in, at what looks like last second. The random and grotesque lines give the look an unfinished feel and the Belarusian should have and could have gone without them. Thankfully, Vika and her dress both didn't last very long..