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Maria Sharapova Talks New Cortez "Blackened Blue" Collaboration With Nike

We spoke to the tennis star about her third collaboration with the brand.

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Maria Sharapova Talks New Cortez "Blackened Blue" Collaboration With Nike

We spoke to the tennis star about her third collaboration with the brand.

No stranger to collaborations, Russian-American tennis star Maria Sharapova has teamed up with Nike to create a new Classic Cortez Premium in “Blackened Blue” and accompanying apparel.

The shoe, constructed of suede in a dark charcoal shade, features gold grommet detailing and a white midsole. Wide-wale corduroy lining in a matching charcoal grey and outsole in contrasting brown top the shoe off. The La Cortez collection, which also includes a pullover, quilted bomber jacket and leggings, was unveiled at Nordstrom NYC’s flagship opening gala earlier this week.

Continue reading for Maria’s take on how her third collaboration with Nike works with her personal style. Her collection ranges from $55 to $150 USD and can be purchased on Nordstrom’s website.

Your past two collaborations with Nike have only involved the Cortez. What made you want to tap into apparel for your latest collection with them?

Moving into apparel felt like a natural evolution. It’s been a full year since the last launch and for the fall season, I looked to incorporate transitional pieces that could be layered easily and worn in everyday life — like the laid back style of the jacket and sweater.

The color palette of this range features muted tones, what was the inspiration behind this?

We’re always looking to create timeless pieces within the La Cortez collection. The colors we picked are very wearable, from day to evening. I always like my shoes to complement whatever I’m wearing whether I’m dressed up or down, and color is a big part of that. With iconic silhouettes like the La Cortez which can be worn today or a few years ahead, colors and textures help maintain the iconic value of the collection while keeping things fun.

How do you find the balance between maintaining your minimal style and training for tennis on the regular?

I definitely have preferred “uniform styles” while training and competing. I like pieces that make me feel confident and comfortable. Fit is a big part of this, which may be why I’m drawn to the La Cortez silhouette in general. I love layering and textures in my wardrobe, and stick to nudes and grey colors like the ones seen in this collection.

Other than the Cortez silhouette, what is your other sneaker essential and how do you incorporate it in your everyday look?

For evenings where I dress up a bit more or want a bit more height (to add to my 6’2 already), I love a smaller, thicker platform-type heel – like a classic Chanel with a small inch heel. I don’t love crazy sculptural shoes or designs.

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