Paris is known as the capital of many things –the capital of love, a capital of gastronomy and of course, a capital of fashion. Parisian chic has become a by-word for inherent style and part of the fashion lexicon. It comes as no surprise that Stade Roland Garros is a fashion lovers delight, both on (here’s looking at you Serena) and off the court. Tennis is fashion’s favourite sport and all eyes are on the French Open.
There's plenty of room for creativity at Roland-Garros, where players can wear colorful outfits not always permitted on court so it’s always a feast for the eyes. Point in case is new mummy Serena Williams who made global headlines earlier in the week as she captivated crowds with her Nike catsuit. Dressed in a skintight, all-in-one black bodysuit, broken up by a vivid scarlet belt. Serena's bodysuit was, according to the star, her ‘Black Panther’ inspired super hero look.
At its very core the tennis look is iconic with it’s crisp miniskirts and iconic shirts. The rise of the athleisure (otherwise know as sports-lux) trend over the past number of years means tennis has become a reoccurring reference on the catwalks of global Fashion capitals Paris, Milan, London and New York.
Indeed the classic Stan Smith tennis trainers has become such an integral part of popular culture with many keen to reference sportswear as part of their everyday wear. What started with trainers has moved on to other favourite references such as polo tops and pleated tennis dresses.
French sportswear label Lacoste, who have been a partner of Roland-Garros for over four decades, consistently serves up strong references to the brand's heritage. This year the collection is the perfect blend of timeless elegance of previous tennis champions featuring graphic print and bold pops of colour (check out their boutique on the RG grounds in-between matches). Off the court, the style is equally impressive proving that tennis lives on beyond the tournament. Check back later in the week where I’ll be bringing you some of my favourite ‘off-court’ looks.