Serena Williams Says She Regrets Turning Down Virgil Abloh’s Original Outfit Idea for French Open

Serena Williams Says She Regrets Turning Down Virgil Abloh’s Original Outfit Idea for French Open

Serena Williams continues to be mourning the lack of pal and style powerhouse Virgil Abloh –– and the chance to have worn one in every of his most daring designs.

The tennis famous person tells Vogue in a movie tribute for the late designer that she regrets turning down the preliminary envelope-pushing look he designed for her to put on on the 2019 French Open.

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“I nonetheless sort of remorse not doing what Virgil informed me to do,” Williams says within the video. “He wished me to put on this lengthy skirt with the loopy prepare, after which a cape with a prepare, after which simply stroll out on the courtroom. And I am pondering, ‘Virgil, I like style, and I like pushing the envelope, however this — I simply do not suppose I can do that.'”

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One yr after carrying the viral black Nike catsuit (which was later banned from the event), Williams opted to sport an Abloh-designed matching crop high, tennis skirt and printed-cape jacket inscribed with the French phrases for mom, champion, queen and goddess.

However when she noticed Abloh quickly after the 2019 Open, she made positive to inform the designer that she had made a mistake.

“I simply wasn’t courageous sufficient to go on the market in all of the pink clay, and simply stroll out on this prepare, of like, a Met Gala on the French Open,” she remembers.

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In February, 4 months after the Off-White designer’s dying at age 41 from most cancers, Williams joined Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Amber Valletta and Helena Christensen to stroll the runway within the designer’s honor at Paris Trend Week.

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Williams fondness for Abloh –– and his designs –– dates again to 2018 once they first collaborated in an Abloh x Nike assortment dedicated to the 23-time Grand Slam winner, and on the 2019 Met Gala, Williams wore a pair of Abloh-designed Air Power 1s.

On the time of his dying final November, the Grand Slam famous person shared a shifting tribute to the late style drive on Instagram.

“Phrases can’t specific the sorrow I really feel on the passing of my pal @virgilabloh,” she started. “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. Might his beloved household and mates discover consolation in realizing how profoundly his artwork impacted our tradition, and us all. I’ll miss you.”

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