Bad Fashion: Rafa pulls a flashy one

Oh dear, oh dear. As if there weren’t enough fashion disasters at the US Open this year already, on Sunday morning my favourite tennis player Rafael Nadal took to the court wearing… fluorescent green! Immediate reactions from family and via text messages from concerned friends:

“Horrible! Awful!”

“What’s wrong with him?”

“He needs a stylist, now!”

I couldn’t agree more. Take a look:

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My eyes, my eyes!

Check out an an earlier match in the Grand Slam in which Rafael wore an all-black outfit, with flashes of the same neon green.

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Here’s a close-up of his shoes, perfectly coordinated with both his tees, but way too bright.

Meanwhile, Rafa sent his opponent (cute French monsieur Gilles Simon) packing in straight sets. I wonder how much of Rafael Nadal’s victory was to do with him blinding Simon, and how much due to his on-court prowess. But as a Rafa fangirl, I believe it’s mostly the latter. 🙂

Meanwhile, check out last year’s US Open fashion report.

PS—More US Open fashion disasters to come! Stay tuned.

Tennis: FedEx goes pink!

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It was a bad weekend for fans of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal as both lost in the Toronto Masters (in the final and semi-final respectively). Despite Federer’s loss to Andy Murray, the Swiss gentleman gets our trophy for the sartorial surprise of the tournament, and that’s because he donned a soft pink tennis tshirt on court (gasp!).

It’s not the first time that pink has turned up on a tennis court (check out Serena Williams’ white-and-pink ensemble in this year’s Wimbledon), nor is it the first time we’ve seen a guy wear pink. But it’s perhaps the first time a man has worn it while playing an international tennis tournament.

Take a look:

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Even while Roger’s backhand remains as elegant as ever, note the two pairs of tuck detailing going down the length of the tshirt. We’re trying to figure out what went through Roger’s mind when he decided to wear this tshirt. Perhaps it was: “I don’t care that the world calls me a ballet dancer on court, I’m man enough to wear pink. Hah!”

Also note Roger’s shorts– they’re olive green. An odd combo on paper (blue would have been the obvious choice here), but he makes it work with the pink tee. Must say that Roger’s suddenly begun taking risks in more ways than one.

Speaking Chic says: Even though only guys comfortable with their masculinity would dare to wear pink in public, we’re still not sure about wearing it on court, with millions of people watching. Meanwhile, most people (read “men”) have been surprisingly quiet about this odd choice for an all-male tennis tourney.

What do you think of Roger Federer’s pink tshirt? Tell us!

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Tennis: Fashion aces & faults at Wimbledon

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Know how tennis players love making fashion statements on court? Well, trust the Williams sisters to go crazy with their fashion choices, then explain them away with unlikely inspirations. So while Venus Williams donned a Tina Turner-inspired dress, younger sis Serena borrowed the strawberries-and-cream colour palette.

Venus’s fringed dress rides up a bit too much while playing, and has a deeply plunging neckline apt for red carpet dresses. And while the dress incorporates a major trend this season—lace—it’s not a dress for the genteel All England Tennis Club. Venus defends her dress, saying:

“Here it is all about white. There is no illusion this time…[It] still has the lace motif. I think it’s just a fun, elegant dress.”

A bit too fun, perhaps?

Meanwhile, Serena’s simple white tennis dress with pink piping is a quick reminder of the quintessential snack at the tournament—strawberries and cream. And the fashion-conscious young lady has perfectly coordinated her look with matching underpants, the Nike swoosh and laces on her shoes, and even her nails!

Our verdict: Serena’s outfit  gets our nod; Venus teeters on the brink of fashion disaster. Serena wins in straight sets.

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5 things that ruined the IPL experience

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Cricketainment (noun): A combination of cricket and entertainment.

Example: The IPL is to cricketainment what Burberry is to trench coats.

As a culture blog, we just had to know what the most overused concept this summer was. So we ventured out for a Mumbai Indians match to get a first-hand experience of cricketainment and the IPL.

And oh, what a pleasant surprise it was! It was organised well (we guess it’s to do with the foreign management), there was food aplenty, and the fans were cooperative. Sadly, there were a few things that threatened to ruin our IPL experience (and these need to disappear ASAP):

  1. Too much music: Team song played after every four or six, and between overs. How on earth do the players stay focussed? (No wonder some of the good players are out of form in the IPL!). And there was also some recent trashy hits that made us cringe.
  2. A very irritating emcee talked before and during the match. Between overs, he’d shout out, “Mummmmbaaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiii!” And the shrill “horn” that suddenly rings out—URGHH!
  3. EVERYTHING is sponsored—from the timeout to a sixer.  Not so sure about the match results though (ahem).
  4. Cheerleaders were boring (and looked bored).
  5. Parties and after parties? Sorry, is this cricket season or Oscars season?

Nevertheless, we came home a happy bunch, and not just because our team won. It wasn’t the loud music, the cheerleaders or even the thrill of being part of the crowd. It was a good game of cricket. And that’s what we want. Nothing more, nothing less.

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