To celebrate the U.S. Open, Vogue has tapped eleven established designers as well as one tennis superstar to create a series of fashion tennis balls. As a result, classic yellow balls have turned into eleven design items, glamorous and chic—useless for playing but worthy of collecting.
Photo: the tennis balls, from Vogue, by John Manno
One of the balls, by Peter Som is inspired by a classic tennis bracelet as well as floral jewelry.
Dana Lorenz’s tennis ball is embellished by a tangle of pearls and brass chains bringing elegance and punch to the elite sport art.
Pamela Love introduces a monogrammed tennis ball pierced with the brand’s signature arrow.
Karen Erickson commented on this ball: “When a ball has razzle-dazzle, it’s easier to hit. When a girl plays tennis, she might as well sparkle.”
Maria Sharapova draws a line between her recently launched line of candy Sugarpova applying her signature lip logo to a tennis ball and adding a few edible mini versions to go with it.
Warby Parker dressed the ball in a retro red sweatband and classic shades.
Chris Peters and Shane Gabier decorated the ball with winding flora.
Marcus Wainwright and David Neville’s ball wrapped in leather resembles a baseball one but.
To design the tennis ball, Tory Burch has recreated her first bugle beaded and crochet stitched, cotton-voile print from 2004.
Eddie Borgo used his signature cones and spikes for a ball that serves definitely not to play but to observe.
Lhuillier’s delicate work is covered in black lace and underlaid in snow-white felt.