Serena Williams is not any stranger to the runway, having modeled for her personal vogue line’s exhibits previously. However Monday marked the primary time the 23-time main champion walked for a serious luxurious model throughout vogue month.
On the primary day of Paris Trend Week, Williams paid tribute to her longtime vogue collaborator, the late designer and Off-White founder, Virgil Abloh.
Off-White, a Milan-based luxurious model, honored Abloh, who died in November 2021 on the age of 41 after a non-public battle with a uncommon most cancers, whereas presenting its Fall 2022 assortment — Abloh’s ultimate contribution to the model.
The star-studded present (Kendall Jenner, Joan Smalls, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford additionally graced the catwalk for the event) was divided into two components, with Serena donning a portion of the “ready-to-wear assortment” for the upcoming season within the first portion.
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Serena Williams simply walked in Virgil Abloh’s ultimate Off-White present at Paris Trend Week pic.twitter.com/noXQXQmnel
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After the present, Williams took to Instagram to precise gratitude for the chance to honor her good friend.
Williams had lengthy been Abloh’s muse, with the tennis star serving because the inspiration for the designer’s first Nike assortment in 2018. The gathering, referred to as “Queen” (naturally), included Abloh’s tackle the basic tennis costume with asymmetrical shade blocking, basic Off-White textual content and a tulle tutu skirt. “I used to be attempting to embody her spirit and produce one thing compelling and recent to tennis,” he mentioned in an official assertion on the launch. Williams wore the costume in a number of colorways on the 2018 U.S. Open.
In 2019, she donned neon yellow sneakers designed by Abloh whereas attending the Met Gala. Not lengthy after, she rocked an Abloh authentic to the 2019 French Open. The black-and-white striped two-piece set — full with an identical cape — was emblazoned with the French phrases for “mom,” “champion,” “queen,” and “goddess.”
When Abloh died, Williams was one in all a bevy of celebrities who shared tributes to the beloved designer. “Phrases can not specific the sorrow I really feel on the passing of my good friend @virgilabloh,” she wrote on Instagram. “I’ll without end be grateful to have had the chance to witness such greatness, such genius and to really feel the heat of his smile. It was my honor to face subsequent to him. He lit up each room he walked into. Could his beloved household and associates discover consolation in understanding how profoundly his artwork impacted our tradition, and us all. I’ll miss you.”