The U.S. Open officially kicks off today, and fashion designers are getting in on the fun -- in their own super stylish way, of course. Anna Wintour is an avid tennis fan (often choosing tennis matches over runway shows during Fashion Week) and so it's no surprise that Vogue commissioned 12 high-fashion designers to create the most fabulous tennis balls we've ever laid eyes on.
Designers like Diane von Furstenberg, Rag & Bone, and Tory Burch transformed plain ole' tennis balls into beautiful pieces of artwork decked out in pearls, lace, spikes, and rhinestones. Our favorite? Peter Som's blinged out creation.
And while these aren't for sale (and wouldn't improve your serve, anyway) we've drummed up some of our favorite high fashion sporting goods that you can actually buy:
For the extremely fashionable surfer, these Chanel boards were created as a part of the label's 2010 sports line and at $9,000 each, they cost about as much as a used car.
This rare collectors item was made as a gift for VIP guests during the 1998 World Cup in France, and was auctioned off for a cool $2,500.
Will these $750 quilted calfskin Chanel dumbbells make our muscles any bigger than a lower-end brand? Um, we're guessing no, but they are pretty to look at.
The Rolls-Royce of bikes, this Hermes bicycle goes for $4,650 on the label's "sports and leisure" section of their e-commerce site. Other items include a $145 stainless steel horse bit, and a $6,100 poker set.
Would you ever buy any of these sporting goods?
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