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Fashion Forward: The latest trends at the Open

Jelena Jankovic, 2008 finalist, wears a high-neck dress with a honeycomb print in purple and pink.
By Erwin Ong
Saturday, August 30, 2014

The US Open has produced some memorable fashion statements over the years: Serena's denim skirt, Roger's tuxedo shorts, Maria's little black dress, just to name a few.

This year's tournament is no exception, and after the first three days of first-round play, a few trends have emerged, including bold prints (leopard, polka dots, skyscrapers), texture and the color purple. Five-time champion Roger Federer joined the fray with his footwear, debuting sneakers that tipped its hat to legendary basketball player Michael Jordan.

And sixth seed Tomas Berdych developed his on-court look closely with his clothing sponsor. This year, they decided on a striped orange and grey shirt.

"What's most fun for me is that I get to be part of the process," said the 28-year-old Czech about giving input into his unique on-court wear. "That's the main idea. That's the goal. Let's make something that people will talk about. That's something that's unusual, and that's what I like.

"The stripes were my contribution," said Berdych with a smile. "[That's the] little piece of me in there."

For designer Francine Candiotti, responsible for Jelena Jankovic's purple honeycomb dress, the goal was creating a fun, exciting "wow" piece that would flatter the 2008 runner-up's body and incorporate a bold print – a trend seen on the runways for spring and summer collections.

"I had fun creating a piece to hug Jelena's body," said Candiotti. "I played with optical illusions with this honeycomb print and brought in some of that purple to her shoes."

Footwear, though, took center stage on Tuesday evening, when Federer debuted a new sneaker adapted from Michael Jordan's iconic "Air Jordans." As a nod to the collaboration, the second seed invited the legendary basketball star to sit in his player's box to watch his first-round defeat of Australian Marinko Matosevic.