Serena Williams To Wear Off-White

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It’s no exaggeration to say that Virgil Abloh has conquered a lot of the public consciousness when it comes to the fashion world. His recent appointment as menswear director of Louis Vuitton has been the subject of much press, with his first show with the Italian fashion label attracting fashionistas and celebrities alike back when it debuted in Paris earlier this summer. Abloh’s own brand, Off-White, is the paragon of streetwear; as many credit Abloh himself with pioneering the recent movement toward such styles in fashion.

However, Abloh is now bound to make more headlines, as the designer will be collaborating with tennis icon Serena Williams. Abloh will be working with Nike to dress Williams when she plays for in the US Open. Her outfit will be composed of pieces from The Queen Collection; perhaps a title which reflects Williams’s role in the tennis world and the greater public consciousness.

Abloh himself says, “With Serena, we have one of our generation’s most powerful, inspiring athletes as a muse. I was trying to embody her spirit and bring something compelling and fresh to tennis.”

Williams will be dressed in Abloh’s own take on the classic tennis dress. However, as the usual fabric of the garment is new territory for Abloh, he took some creative liberties; drawing inspiration from ballet “What I love about tennis is the gracefulness. It’s an aggressive and powerful game, but it takes touch and finesse,” says Abloh. “So the dress is feminine but combines her aggression. It’s partially revealing. It’s asymmetrical. It has a sort of ballerina-esque silhouette to symbolize her grace. It’s not about bells and whistles and tricks. It’s just about living on the body and expressing Serena’s spirit with each swing of the racket.”

Such inspiration is evident in details such as the dress’s tutu-like skirt.

And just how does Williams feel about the dress? She commented on her excitement: “When I first tried the dress, I felt very strong and feminine at the same time. It has really strong elements, from the leather to that really cool stretchy material. I felt so feminine in the tutu, which is probably my favorite part of it. It really embodies what I always say: that you can be strong and beautiful at the same time.”

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Proud Latina Feminist. My likes include strong coffee, watching the previews that come on before the movie, and things that come in pretty packages. I've been a bibliophile and fashion lover since well before I could read or tie my own shoes.

    • Corrada Spatola

      She is really breaking the walls down between sports and fashion!

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