Maria Sharapova in a Suno dress and Cole Haan accessories that she designed. Photo: Billy Farrell/BFA
Last night at the New Museum
in New York City, tennis goddess Maria Sharapova
took a break from training for the upcoming U.S. Open to celebrate the launch of her newest collection for Cole Haan
The party, co-hosted by Interview Magazine
's Christopher Bollen and photographer/blogger Todd Selby
, was also attended by Lorenzo Martone
and fashion editors galore.
While guests munched on dessert fare and bid on a silent auction featuring illustrations by Selby
, Sharapova worked the room in a Aztec-looking minidress by Suno and a pair of black lace-up Air Swan sandals
from the Fall 2010 offerings that she helped design.
We caught up with the tennis ace, and here's what she had to say:
You have been collaborating with Cole Haan
for a while now. How do you like working with the brand?
It is so much fun. I get to work with incredible, talented people and I really get to share my ideas about the designs. I've been able to travel a lot and I love going different places and seeing the street style
and fashion in different parts of the world. It is really inspiring.
What is special about this collection?
It is energetic and playful and elegant. It is really a reflection of my lifestyle of performance and function. They are great staple pieces.
Do you have a favorite piece in the collection?
I really like the calf skin flat. All I wear are flats. We started with one and now we have 10 different colors so that is exciting.
How are you preparing for the U.S. Open?
I train in the morning and run. Its pretty boring now. The U.S. Open is one of my most favorite times of the year. It's really fun and I love playing here so I'm excited.
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