Letters From London: Wimbledon Style

On court style, Kate & Pippa, Middleton's hair rival, and more from the matches

Photo by Keystone Press

Photo by Keystone Press

Serena Williams Wimbledon Final

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Pippa Middleton and Kate Middleton at Wimbledon Final

Photo by Keystone Press

Royal Ascot, festivals galore (seriously, every weekend there seems to be a different one), and, of course, Wimbledon! Sunday’s final match between Scotland’s Andy Murray and Switzerland’s Roger Federer was legendary for many reasons: all the tennis ones, of course, but also for the many celebrity guests that headed to the All England Club in southwest London.

I was thisclse to getting a ticket myself, but let’s not talk about that. Let’s talk, instead, about how Anna Wintour sat in the Royal Box alongside her partner, John Bryan, and Federer’s wife, Mirka. The reportedly icy editor was wearing bright orange Marc Jacobs and cheering Federer on–even smiling!–at the match.

Naturally, Wintour was within the confines of the All England Club’s new dress code, which, after 150 years, have been tightened to prevent jeans or short skirts, strapless tops, and flip flop-clad game-goers from ruining the aesthetic of the game. (Similar restrictions were put in place this year at Royal Ascot.) Quick note for anyone who has seen the list of banned items: “pumps” in England aren’t the basic, heeled dress shoes we think of in North America; they’re basically Keds or other, usually canvas, easy-to-slip-on sneaker.

In addition to the editor-in-chief of Vogue, Victoria Beckham was there with her £9,000 crocodile shoulder bag and her yummy hubby. Kate Middleton wore an off-white Joseph shift dress and matching jacket to the final; her lovely little sis, Pippa, wore a patterned dress with a cute peplum by Dannii Minogue’s label, Project D. While Dannii herself wasn’t there, sister Kylie turned up in cobalt jeans and a (weather-appropriate) raincoat. Even Grace Jones came out for Wimbledon this year, although I’m not quite sure how her cartoon-emblazoned hooded jacket and red hat got past the outfit-checkers.

On court, the players looked pretty stylish, too. Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki wore Stella McCartney for Adidas, while Maria Sharapova and women’s singles (and doubles, with sister Venus) winner Serena Williams both wore dresses created by Nike. (Let’s skip over that ruched gold number the latter wore to the winner’s ball: ick.) And it’s no wonder everyone looked so stylish: apparently, clothing sponsorships reached a record £5 million this year on the female players’ outfits! Good thing a record number of viewers tuned in to watch the tournament this year, with 17 million for Sunday’s men’s final alone.

But the biggest fashion news of Wimbledon? No doubt it was “The Kim,” which has overtaken “The Kate” when it comes to hairstyle requests in the UK. The Kim we’re talking about, is 24-year-old Kim Sears, Andy Murray’s gorgeous, perfectly coiffed girlfriend. The tennis girlfriend’s outfits have even been meticulously recorded: she has a penchant for the Mulberry classic Bayswater bag and Ray-Bans – although she wore a pair of £300 Victoria Beckham sunglasses to the final. Turns out her boyfriend and the Beckhams have the same manager.

See Kate Middleton’s fashion repeat at Wimbledon

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