In a year when the fashion was kind of retro, kind of lacklustre, the Australian Open served up a couple of major trends – including one that had our biggest local star coming up roses.
For all her games, including her fourth-round win on Sunday against Maria Sharapova, Ash Barty wore head to toe pink and white – sneakers, skirt and top, even sweatband.
The other big looks of the Open were a contrast to Camp Candy: Faux denim and tattoos, sometimes combined.
They created a rock vibe not seen since Andre Agassi went where no man had ever gone before (and possibly since), wearing tiny denim shorts at the US Open in 1988.
Back in the present day, Barty led the charge of the mass of players who didn’t blush at the sweet look.
Stefanos Tsitsipas wore a pink headband and sweatbands to take down Roger Federer (he was a different story altogether), Angelique Kerber sported a pink visor, and Venus Williams found a novel way to weave pink into her on-court style.
Italian-South Korean line Fila, which sponsors Barty, was mad for a coconut ice look. Adidas put its stars in a fashion version of the 2014 balayage hair dye craze with pink accents.
Tsitsipas went for a straightforward old-school look (so old-school the white shorts looked totally cutting edge) except for his of-the-moment pink accessories.
US Open champion Naomi Osaka was feeling the vibe. And doing what her sponsor told her to.
Kerber and Osaka had a total face-off: Who wore it best?
Alexander Zverev: Pink power. With the ombre-effect blue so beloved this year and a heck of a pendant.
Venus Williams bowed out to Simona Halep on Saturday but won best use of pink during the Open, thanks to her understated arm guard.
Sam Stosur and doubles partner Zhang Shuai were in synch with their matchy-match look. During Tuesday’s quarter-final, their opponents were also both just peachy.
Karolina Pliskova deftly combined the sugary look with the street cred of arm and leg tattoos.
Madison Keys also mixed two trends, wearing hot pink sneakers with a faux black denim skirt.
Sloane Stephens also went large with small denim and the tournament’s jazziest top, a striped affair with yep, deep pink.
Elina Svitolina worked the fashion angles in a punk way, with a cool high-necked top, a burgundy visor and denim skirt short enough to put her thigh tattoo on the map.
Halep slayed in the tougher look, and literally could have walked into a Chapel St club straight from the court.
Of course, there were those who played the lone wolf game when it came to style. Their queen: Serena Williams, whose fabulous emerald romper suit and fishnet stockings was the only real high fashion moment of the tournament.
Rafael Nadal – he of the infamous 2008 knickerbockers – stuck to a uniform of sleeveless tangerine top with trim reminiscent of the rick-rack trimming in Nan’s sewing basket, plus matching sneakers (close ups revealed what looked to be an animal print on them) and mercifully shortish shorts.
As timeless as a Swiss watch, Roger Federer outdid his own high standards when it came to avoiding gimmicks or fads. In navy with a buttoned-up polo top, the six-time champ looked like he was off to his final application interview for membership of a yacht club.