There are a small number of things that can encourage us to get out and on to the tennis court (a large glass of wine when we finish, usually) but the adidas by Stella McCartney collection is definitely one of the few.
Described by Stella as being designed for women “who take their style and their sport seriously”, the collaboration has been going since 2004 and comprises Stella’s contemporary, intelligently tailored versions of classic sportswear for tennis, running, swim and gym.
Wimbledon is traditionally the time when sportswear designers get their most bonkers outfits at the ready; anyone else remember Serena Williams crazy belted Nike trench, Circa 2008? Or the Flesh coloured knickers and plunging mini dress her sister Venus wore from her own range ‘eleVen’ at this year’s Australian open?
Maria Kirilenko wearing adidas for Stella McCartney
The thing about McCartney’s range of sportswear, though, is that it remains first and foremost sportswear without being gimmicky or having impossibly impractical design features getting in the way of helping the athlete (or, for that matter, an unfit Grazia journalist) compete.
In addition to the cut, what sets adidas by Stella McCartney apart from most other designer sportswear ranges is the lovely Stella’s integrity. She stocks the collection in her stores and seems justifiably proud of it, as opposed to numerous other designers and brands who are happy to give their name to a sportswear collection but wouldn’t actually give it houseroom.
Caroline Wozniacki (right) wearing adidas for Stella McCartney at the French Open on June 1, 2010
This year sees Danish Caroline Wozniacki (currently the third seed at Wimbledon) wearing adidas for Stella McCartney on the courts once the tournament gets underway on the 21st June, which is a fact we are profoundly jealous of. Almost jealous enough to dig out our tennis racket…
- Alex Butt