Serena Williams stunned tennis and fashion fans Monday with her epic tutu appearance (and winning set). As we previously mentioned, her look came courtesy of a Nike X Off-White collabo.
Serena actually served as muse for the streetwear-inspired Queen collection designed by Virgil Abloh.
“What I love about tennis is the gracefulness. It’s an aggressive and powerful game, but it takes touch and finesse,” said Virgil in an official statement.
“So the dress is feminine, but combines her aggression,” he said. “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.”
And, now, we can actually get our hands on the looks.
The epic dress, which retails for $500, comes in two colorways and is part of a full line-up, including a $900 bomber jacket, a glittery NikeCourt Flare 2 sneaker and limited-edition versions of The 10: Nike Air Max 97 and The 10: Nike Blazer Mid SW.
The collection also features signature Off-White designs, including zip-tie tages and such tags as “Serena” and “Logo” emblazoned in all caps and quotes.
Virgil tailored the entire line to Serena, including using a body form specific to Williams figure to work out ideas before she selected her favorite designs. such as tulle and supportive mesh. Then the options were flown to Williams’s home in Indian Wells, Calif., so she could pick out her favorite design details.
“With Serena, we have one of our generation’s most powerful, inspiring athletes as the muse,” said Virgil. “I was trying to embody her spirit and bring something compelling and fresh to tennis.”
The Air Max 97 ($190) is available now after a surprise drop on Monday via Nike’s SNKRS app.
More styles from the collection are set to launch exclusively in NYC before being released in stores at Nike and NikeLab retailers, as well as Nike.com. Stay tuned for updates. Until then, click through to check out the full collection.