[UPDATE] August 13, 2018 11:44 a.m. EST Nike gives us an official look at its Virgil Abloh-designed capsule for Serena Williams surrounding this year's US Open Tennis Championships. Dubbed the Queen Collection, the project finds Abloh taking on a new canvas in that of a tennis dress.
"With Serena, we have one of our generation's most powerful, inspiring athletes as the muse," says Abloh. "I was trying to embody her spirit and bring something compelling and fresh to tennis."
Virgil incorporated Serena's love of dance and ballet into his design, providing her with a tutu-like airiness on the court.
"What I love about tennis is the gracefulness. It's an aggressive and powerful game, but it takes touch and finesse," the designer adds. “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 it living on the body, and expressing Serena’s spirit with each swing of the racket."
In addition to the tutu-inspired detail, the dress flares out to allow full range of movement, all while boasting a supportive-mesh fit that not only hugs Williams' body, but also keeps her cool during competition. To complement the tennis dress, Serena will be wearing a special PE edition of her NikeCourt Flare 2 when she steps onto the court in New York City.
In total, Virgil Abloh's Nike Queen Collection for Serena Williams includes day and nighttime dresses, a bomber jacket, a bag, the NikeCourt Flare 2, and limited editions of The 10 Nike Air Max 97 and The 10 Nike Blazer Mid SW.
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Virgil Abloh and tennis legend Serena Williams are launching a collaboration, judging by a picture posted on the official OFF-WHITE Instagram account yesterday. In the brand’s signature font and style, the note suggests the project will be called “QUEEN” and will be produced in partnership with Nike.
An Abloh-designed on-court Nike collection for Williams would make sense, with the US Open set to start on August 27. Whether the collection would consist of apparel, sneakers, or both is currently unclear.
Williams, who is sponsored by Nike, will be looking to add to her six US Open titles, the last of which came in 2014. The tennis star is no stranger to on-court statement ’fits, recently wearing a specially-designed "Wakanda-inspired" catsuit at the French Open in May.
If Abloh does create a tennis collection with Nike for Serena Williams, it will be the latest example of the growing overlap between streetwear and the sport. Supreme collaborated with Lacoste last year, while Palace and adidas saw their collaborative collection worn by various players at this year’s edition of Wimbledon.
As always, stay tuned for updates. What do you think will be in Abloh and Williams’ collection? Let us know in the comments.
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