The ESPY Awards, in which athletes and actors alike come together to honor this year’s most outstanding feats of physicality, were this week—and much as we all love a good, tearjerking “Best Comeback” acceptance speech, the real thrill for your local fashion gossips is seeing our favorite lady athletes decked out in something other than sweat-drenched sports bras and grass-stained kneecaps. And this week, it was a star of a different sort who scored our Style Superstar honors! Who’s this week’s winner?
No doubt about it: Maria Sharapova was absolutely blazing in this crinkly slate blue J. Mendel dress with a keyhole detail, slightly dropped waist, and strategically placed paneling that showed off her amazing legs. Not that we haven’t seen Maria look fierce before—particularly when she’s schooling one of her opponents in competition—but this is a whole new level of blazing for the tennis star. And with a simple gold cuff and high-styled hair, Maria proved that she’s as much a champion on the red carpet as she is on the court.
Meanwhile, it was a non-athlete who caught our nitpicky eye at the same event; Olivia Munn was stunning in a leave-nothing-to-the-imagination Giorgio Armani gown, the sort of dress that would ordinarily merit consideration for Superstar honors! But as any athlete knows, form is everything…and alas, we’ve gotta take points off for her insistence on pulling a twee pose while wearing a dress that’s anything but. This crossed-at-the-ankles baby deer stance is fine in a cocktail dress (especially since, as every camera-savvy star knows, it makes your legs appear longer), but in a long and fitted gown, it just looks weird—and, worst of all, ruins the glamorous puddling effect where the skirt hits the floor. Here’s hoping she brings better game to the next event.
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