Virgil Abloh … a name that is pure gold nowadays! Off-White’s creator and CEO and artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s men’s wear collection, Abloh is adding a new category to his impressive resumé by venturing into tennis wear with the capsule collection that he designed for Serena Williams and Nike. Aptly called “The Queen Collection”, this collection will be launched around the same time as the US Open Tennis Championship which will take place on August 27th.
Even though it feels like only yesterday that Riccardo Tisci x Nike was dressing Maria Sharapova for the US Open of last year. This year all eyes will be on Serena Williams to take a first look at the Virgil Abloh x Nike collection as it seems that the tennis courts are turning into makeshift catwalks nowadays. This collaboration, albeit amazing, but it shouldn’t be too surprising given Serena’s impressive fashion sense both on the courts and out. The 23-time Grand Slam champion is not only an inspiring athlete; Serena has cultivated herself as somewhat of a lifestyle and fashion icon, and Abloh was genius enough to pick up on that and capitalise on it in this collection.
With Serena, we have one of our generation’s most powerful inspiring athletes as the muse. I was trying to embody her spirit and bring something compelling and fresh to tennis.” Abloh explained.
In this collection Abloh was able to capture the delicate marriage between aggression and gracefulness that symbolises tennis. The collection includes feminine tutu -inspired ballerina-esque dresses that are asymmetrical and slightly revealing. The dresses are designed in such a way as to allow a full range of movement while providing support through a body-hugging “supportive-mesh fit” that also helps in cooling off the body. The collection which ranges in price from $130 to $900 will include dresses for day and nighttime, a bomber jacket, a bag, NikeCourt Flare 2, as well as limited editions of The 10 Nike Air Max 97 and The 10 Nike Blazer Mid SW. The collection will boast plenty of Off-White’s signatures such as the quotes and calligraphy as well as zip-tie tags and “Serena” in all-caps.
It is not hard to recognise a wonderful collaboration when we see one! This collection is going to be the perfect segue to close that minuscule gap that remains between streetwear and tennis wear. And with the sneaker craze going around right now I can see you already adding some of these items to your shopping cart!! Let’s see how long this will take before it sells out!!