Even when Maria Sharapova is off the court, she finds a way to bring her ties to tennis into her daily ensembles.
“Mixing high fashion and athleisure looks is a natural aesthetic for my life because I am an athlete,” she told FN at the opening of Nordstrom NYC last week. “I understand what it’s like to go from the gym to a meeting.” Case in point: she wore a Sacai dress to the launch paired with her very own Nike Cortez collaboration sneaker.
She added, “I don’t want to compromise comfort. It’s such a huge part of today’s lifestyle. You’re always on the go, you’re always running around and you always want to accomplish things. And you want your wardrobe to complement that.”
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For her third design take on the Nike Cortez, Sharapova created a premium “Blackened Blue” sneaker exclusively for the Nordstrom Manhattan debut, which rounded out her La Cortez collection, complete with leggings, bomber jacket and a long-sleeved tee.
“The Cortez, it’s iconic, and I still feel chic and cool. You often see a lot of silhouettes that are bigger and chunkier and I just like how streamlined this feels. It’s more elegant and one that doesn’t go out of style,” she said. “It is such a classic silhouette. There’s many thing I love about it — the price point and how accessible it is. I like that it’s very appealing in that I can transition from day to night.”
Sharapova added that this shoe was inspired by the idea of mixing grit and grace, featuring a color that is ideal for the fall season.
“I love pieces that transform my outfit no matter where I’m going and I don’t need to think twice about dressing up or dressing down,” she said.
To see more from Nike’s The La Cortez Collection by Maria Sharapova, ranging from $55 to $150, at Nordstrom, click here.
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