Serena Williams, the 36-year-old tennis champ, will be rocking special outfits for this year’s U.S. Open. Williams will be dressed in all-new Nike outfits designed by Louis Vuitton’s Virgil Abloh, named the “The Queen Collection.”
“When I was thinking about outfits for Serena, I was thinking about her playing the game and her aesthetic while she is. Also about the confidence that’s needed while playing at the top level of tennis,” Abloh told Vogue magazine. “This is very far from a design-by-numbers project. As you can tell by her personality in her play, she’s very much involved in her aesthetic. She has a level of creativity with how she expresses herself in terms of clothing in any event, so I made everything with her logic in mind. We traded images and there was a lot of back-and-forth to get this done in short order.”
Williams has expressed excitement for the opportunity.
“When I first tried on the dress, I felt very strong and feminine at the same time. It has all the really strong elements, from the leather to that really cool stretchy material,” Williams said. “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.”
“I was thinking that this is so different for tennis,” she said after first getting a peek at the ensemble. “Virgil always does the logo thing and the quotations, and he has a particular style, so I was just excited about what he has done for both his brand and with Nike and bringing it to the U.S. Open.” Her favorite part of the look, however, is the skirt: “I have never worn a tutu. Every girl loves a tutu, or at least I do! It’s always been my dream to wear a tutu, and I can’t wait to wear it on court.”