In this weekly feature, InStyle’s Fashion News Director Eric Wilson shares his favorite fashion moment of the week, and explains how it could shape styles to come. Look for it on What’s Right Now every Friday.
The Moment: Before we get too deep into Fashion Week to pay attention to the Olympics, let’s check in on a different sort of runway show getting underway in Sochi. No, not the opening ceremony, but what Maria Sharapova is wearing. As a Games ambassador and special correspondent for NBC, and having grown up in Sochi, Sharapova is helping to put a positive light on an event that has been plagued by security concerns and protests over the Russian government’s treatment of homosexuals. And as a fashion lover and part-time designer, not to mention former Olympian, she wants to make Russia look good.
“There are a lot of misconceptions about the country, and people aren’t always aware of how unique and culturally important this place is,” she tells me by e-mail.
Why It’s a Wow: Let’s just say the packing for her trip to the Games involved a steamer trunk. Already this week, Sharapova has made appearances wearing a skimmy top with crystal embellishments from Roksanda Ilincic, Holmes & Yang pants and a Reed Krakoff gray coat; another prim suit from Krakoff worn over a white button-up MaxMara shirt; and a red Nike puffer jacket over a thin hoodie and athletic pants (pictured, right). In her suitcase are more items from J Brand, Dolce & Gabbana, Yigal Azrouel, Michael Kors, Chloé, Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Akris, Calvin Klein, and Valentino. There are also more shoes from Tod’s, Brian Atwood Aperlai, and Louboutin.
“It took quite a while because I’ve been traveling since just after the holidays,” she says. “I’m fortunate because I know what to pack for Sochi, having grown up here. It’s more temperate than most people think, and it’s all about layering.”
Still, since her training in California and Florida and her red carpet appearances do not give her many opportunities to dress warmly, Sharapova said she was most excited to wear some coats, like the MaxMara topper she wore over an Alexander McQueen dress (pictured above left), and the Bottega Veneta she wore over a Michael Kors dress (pictured, middle). Coming up, look for “a really feminine and sleek ivory wool coat from Bottega Veneta, a coral colored MaxMara menswear-inspired coat and a few other sportswear options,” she says.
What didn’t make the cut?
“Definitely the super-high, pointed-toe heels!” she says. “I’m not one to sacrifice style for comfort, but comfortable and maneuverable heels and boots are a must.”
Learn More: Don’t be a bad sport. Some designers take the Olympics almost as seriously as they do the Oscars (you’ll typically see contributions from Stella McCartney, Giorgio Armani, Lacoste and Prada). And certainly keep an eye out for Ralph Lauren’s new uniforms, now made in the U.S.A., for the American athletes at the opening ceremony. Based on previews, they may be hard to miss.