Sharapova's wardrobe is inspired by New York

Updated on Aug 23, 2007 05:34 PM IST

Maria Sharapova will flaunt tennis dresses decorated with graphic interpretations of New York's skyline when she defends her US Open title next week.

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When Maria Sharapova defends her US Open title next week, she'll be wearing tennis dresses decorated with graphic interpretations of New York's skyline.

The designs, created in collaboration with Nike senior designer Colleen Sandieson, were shown off at a news conference on Wednesday.

Like last year, Sharapova will have one outfit dedicated for day play and another for night matches.

"Nike has always understood my desire to make a big impression in New York," she said in a statement.

"And the dresses that we've worked on for the US Open have always looked as good as they feel when I'm playing. This year is especially exciting because the designs are inspired by the city itself."

The night dress is a bright flaming red - in honor of the Big Apple - in a flared shift silhouette. It's a sleek garment made of a breathable wicking jersey and constructed with a no-sew technique with seams bonded with heat and silicone instead of thread.

There are more than 600 Swarovski crystals incorporated into the design, which makes the dress sparkle. Additionally, there are three crystal buttons down the back, creating a keyhole effect.

For the daytime, the look is similar but without the flashiness of the crystals. The dress is mostly white with a gray skyline image against a black backdrop. It has a scoop-back design that facilitates movement, according to Sandieson.

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