September 15, 2008 – Another New York Fashion Week has come and gone and some of our favorite female athletes were there to get in touch with their girly sides. Designers showed their spring 2009 looks and it appears fun was had by all.
As per early fall tradition, the US Open nearly always coincides with New York Fashion Week so tennis players contributed to this year’s record attendance.
Maria Sharapova, Venus and Serena Williams were among the heavy hitters in the front rows. Sharapova’s schedule included a cover shoot for a European magazine and a party to celebrate her newly announced collaboration with Cole Haan. She was also spotted at the Herve Leger and Peter Som shows.
Sharapova sat next to gymnast Nastia Liukin at the Peter Som show. According to Tennis Week, Sharapova passed along what she knows about fashion to the gold medal winner.
“I didn’t know what to expect. I sat front row, and Maria kind of filled me in on the rest,” joked the gold medalist at Peter Som. “I was stunned that it was only ten minutes. Maria told me it was all about the pre-show full of pictures, interviews, and all that stuff but it still went surprisingly fast.”
Tennis Week also reported that Serena and Venus Williams made the most front row appearances. Venus went to Diane von Furstenberg on the day of the women’s final. The elder Williams sister also made it to Vera Wang, Doo Ri, Carolina Herrera, and Zac Posen while U.S. Open champion Serena graced front row at Calvin Klein, Luca Luca, Zac Posen, Baby Phat, and Vivienne Tam.
We hear that Nastia Liukin attended Max Azria as well and swimmer Amanda Beard sat near Serena Williams in the front row of the Luca Luca show. Beard also strutted her stuff at the Mel B With Ultimo show.
Sanaa Lathan, who may not be an athlete but played one in our fave film “Love & Basketball, was spotted at the Reem Acra show.
And another athlete took to the runway. Dara Torres modeled two outfits in the Charles Nolan show.
Who says you can’t be pretty & tough?