This week saw the launch of adidas by Stella McCartney barricade, a new collection of tennis apparel offering a fusion of adidas high end technologies and Stella’s unique style for the performance focused athlete. Designed with the competitive player in mind, the range is currently being worn by tennis players Caroline Wozniacki, Maria Kirilenko and Laura Robson during the Australian Open, showcasing its forward thinking, standout aesthetic and performance functionality.
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Comprising of structured dresses and separates, the adidas by Stella McCartney barricade range comes in a palette of yellow, blue and white, with accents of silver and grey. Inspired by the ready to wear collection, the range plays on the designer’s use of feminine lines that flatter and enhance the female form on court.
‘Tennis is really one of the sport disciplines that I design that can really house feminine styles with high performance. We achieve this in our use of colours as well using all latest technology. I am really proud to work with these incredible athletes to launch the collections”, says Stella.
The Australian and French Open will see Caroline and the other players taking advantage of the benefits of the form and function of the range; on court looks take in body con structure, cut away seams and minimalist detailing, offering sporting practicality alongside the streamlined aesthetic synonymous with adidas by Stella McCartney designs.
In addition to the clothing, players will wear the adidas adipower barricade shoe designed to offer optimum stability, support and durability in three colour and surface variants. adidas barricade uses adiTUFF and adiPRENE+ technologies for abrasion resistance and resilient cushioning, while adiPRENE soles protect and reinforce the heel for a robust, adaptable fit.
I was on set for the adidas by Stella McCartney shoot at Monte Carlo Country Club a few months ago where I had the chance to catch up with former top ten player Andrea Petkovic. The twenty three year old German has emerged as one of the great characters on the women’s tour and indeed she was a pleasure to chat with! Check out the video blog she has under the online persona of ‘Petkorazzi‘.
When you’re in London, where do you like to hang out?
When I was in London a couple of years ago for Wimbledon, I went to Soho House to see James Blake which was really great. But it’s far. The city is so big. You need to the right people to take you to the right places. But what I love about London is that you can express yourself and nobody cares. I come from a small city and if you wear something crazy, people are like what! But in London you wear whatever and it’s fine.
What music are you in to?
I have a British fetish! My all time favourite band is Bloc Party. I have this special connection to British bands! I also really like Maxïmo Park.
Your favourite place to shop?
All Saints. I love the style and dark colours. New York is great for shopping. You always discover a new place in Soho.
Tell us something that nobody knows about you.
I used to be a Backstreet Boys fan when I was twelve. I always say AJ was my favourite as he was the edgy one. That’s my excuse anyway, even though there is no excuse!
Paris because of the art. My favorite artist is Marc Chagall. Also Lisboa as it’s a very down to earth place.
What do love about being a professional athlete?
Travelling. I get bored at home. I mean don’t get me wrong, I love being home, but it’s small. During my career I’ve been injured a lot and so had to spend a lot of time at home. I want to go out and experience new places and new cultures.
Your interests outside of tennis?
I’m currently studying political science. I also play the drums and guitar. It’s my dream to be in a punk rock band!
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