By Marcellous L. Jones
Photos Courtesy of Fashion Insider TV
Paris, France – Roland Garros has become the new playground where harbingers of summer fashion come to unveil their new attire. Often created in mind especially for the top players of the ATP and WTA, it’s the tournament that provides the perfect occasion for the most famous of them to influence the soon-to-come summer trends. They do so by doing what they do best: playing and winning!
For years now, many of the top players have been using the red clay of the Philippe Chartrier and of Suzanne Lenglen to demonstrate their commitment to influencing the shape of sports-inspired active wear and of streetwear. This arena is replete with unforgettable examples. In winning his first French Open title as a youngster at Roland Garros in 2005, Rafael Nadal did so wearing sleeveless shirts and pants cut to just below the knees. Little did he realize it, that he would become the precursor to what is now refered to as a style-influencer. All that summer and for well after, we saw that longer cut shorts were seen everywhere !
In 2010 the 7-time American grand slam champion Venus Williams literally raised eyebrows thanks to her very stylish but unusual choice of attire. Her French cancan inspired dress in black lace and with red trimmings helped to raise the profile of lace among younger fashionistas. Her appearance in it gave a much-needed, and huge boost in the popularity of lace in regular ready-to-wear line. However it was her choice of shorts that matched nearly perfectly her natural brown skin tone. When she would serve, it resulted in her backside being exposed and creating the illusion of being completely bare ! And though a questionable choice in terms of style, 2015 men’s champion Stanislaw Wawrinka gave comfort to every heterosexual male on the planet with his cringe-worthy color choices for that edition of the tournament. Those shorts became known as the “too straight to be anything but heterosexual” look.
Today as we near the halfway mark of the 2017 edition of the tournament, we take a look at some of the players who are daring to make a difference on the courts with their own unique style. No doubt they will impact the movement of new streetwear and active wear trends to come from the start of the tournament and until the end of the summer.
Though the styles and tastes among the players vary, we have come to see that green is a hugely popular color. Frenchman Lucas Pouille, Kristina Mladenovic’s and the current world N° 1 women’s player Angelique Kerber are making sure that green is the “IT” color for the summer. And current French Open women’s champion Garbine Muguruza and Venus Willams are doing their part to ensure that black & white are also go-to colors. These styles are very different, but they all have in common the ability to leave the tennis court and head straight out into the streets with a change of accessories.
Here are some of our pics for most trendy this season.