It’s Fila’s 100th anniversary and in celebration they are creating a series of styles that commemorate Fila tennis champions. First in the line-up, Kim Clijsters who will wear the kelly green and navy Evonne Goolagong inspired look pictured here at this year’s Australian Open.
Fila’s design team sought inspiration from the brand’s archives of styles worn by the winning Australian during her 14 Grand Slam title reign in the 1970s and early 80s (she won Oz four times).
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The new line combines Fila’s signature Italian styling with performance fabrications offering comfort, ventilation and moisture wicking in a tank, cap sleeve top, skort and jacket.
“We are thrilled that Evonne will serve as a brand ambassador for Fila as we honor her tennis legacy during our 100th anniversary year,” said Gene Yoon, Chairman of Fila. “It was only fitting that Kim Clijsters wear this collection since she is the only woman after Goolagong-Cawley to win a Grand Slam as a mother. Kim and Evonne are inspirations to mothers and tennis fans around the world with their grace, athleticism and drive…”
A special F-box 100 year anniversary gold heat seal logo decorates the inside of each garment. Each piece in the line is distinctly vintage in design. The classic skort, for example, is a stretch woven cotton looking skirt with striped elastic waistband and functional front pockets (very unusual these days), contrast piping at pockets and a knit under shortie. I had a chance to check out and try on this outfit. It’s really comfortable and modern in function. The nod to retro is just that, a nod. Really nice all performance stuff.
Balancing the line for all conditions is the Evonne Jacket in French Terry which incorporates rib knit on the collar, cuff and bottom. Cute.
For a little history lesson on Evonne visit the International Tennis Hall of Fame.