In a year that dealt tennis observers a good many surprises, mavens such as Maria Sharapova and Roger Federer were missing for much of the season, inciting a certain parity in the fashion field. Even so, here are the carefully curated best of the best:

See No. 5 here.


For her part, Serena Williams descended on New York looking the portrait of a No. 1 star who supersedes the sport itself. She was (is) that, even if Angelique Kerber assumed her mantle upon seizing the title. Even so, with dramatic opera gloves, plum-colored panels, and pleated skirting full of flair, Serena's night-session attire stole the show.


The tennis court isn't a runway, and this designation is no consolation for Serena, It remains that perhaps the only thing not hurting on her at the US Open was her dress.

Check back soon for No. 3.