Vogue Australia: Maria talks Style
By Carmen Hamilton
Vogue spoke to the entrepreneurial tennis champion about her sense
of style that extends far beyond the court.
Carmen Hamilton: How do you choose an outfit for a big event, both
on and off court?
Maria Sharapova: Off court, it usually depends on the event. I've
had a few Sugarpova launches in the last few months so a lot of the
things I've worn have been quite colourful and fun to go with the
personality of the candy. For an event during the evening, I would
go towards something like Alexander McQueen. I love working with
Sarah Burton. I think she's incredible. It's been really amazing to
see her creations come alive. Overall, I usually try to go for
something more feminine and elegant.
CH: Will you be attending any of the shows this season?
MS: It depends how things work out with my schedule so it's usually
a very last minute decision for me. Last year, after the Aussie
Open, I flew to New York by myself and went to a few shows.
Actually, Vogue invited me so that was really nice because I felt
like I was very independent. I went to Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta
CH: Many women would love to have your figure and your height. Do
you have any style tips for taller women?
MS: I wear a lot of flats - I love gladiators. I don't like to
follow trends too much because they come and go. I think it's about
finding what looks good on your body. I feel like I can pull off
long, wide leg trousers more, especially when they're high waisted.
I love that type of look. Also, when I'm wearing pants or skinny
jeans, I try to wear a longer top so the proportions look
CH: Tell me about your partnership with Tag Heuer, and why you
chose to collaborate with the brand.
MS: Tag Heuer was one of the first brands who wanted to work
together after I won Wimbledon and we've had a partnership ever
since. It's been many years, since 2005 I believe, and I've really
enjoyed it because I think we have the same attitude towards the
things we do.
CH: You've also delved into accessory design with Tag Heuer. In
your opinion, what makes the perfect accessory?
MS: The perfect accessory is one that will take you through the day
and into the evening. My lifestyle involves a lot of travelling, so
usually I only take one watch with me. Most of the time, it's
actually a men's watch. It's such a statement piece, but I can wear
it in the day and at night, and because I'm quite tall I feel like
I can pull off a bigger watch.
CH: Finally, how does one pick the perfect watch? Do you have any
MS: I think it's really based on your lifestyle and what is
important to you. For me, it's about versatility. I want something
I feel comfortable in at all times, whether I'm in my Nike clothes
or out to dinner with friends.