Despite our concerns, Serena Williams really did show up for her first round at the French Open. A year ago, Serena was playing her first slam tournament back from having baby Olympia, and she wore a catsuit which made her look like a superhero. This year, it was different. She was in better shape, and Nike collaborated with Virgil Abloh on Serena’s French Open kit. Abloh was also responsible for Serena’s Us Open tutus last year, the ones which made her look like a fantastically deranged ballerina.
So what did Abloh do this year? Gave her a crop top, a twirly skirt and a cape-like jacket. It was a whole LOOK and I liked it, but after Serena dropped the first set, she changed it up, almost like the crop top was to blame. She donned a simple black Nike pullover (which looked cute with the skirt) and she put her hair into a messy bun. That’s been the signal this year that Serena isn’t playing around – the mid-match messy bun. It worked too. She rolled through the next two sets, only allowing Russian Vitalia Diatchenko to win one more game.
There were some questions about the original Abloh ensemble too – there were French and English words embedded in the design, and Serena later said that Abloh had put in the French and English words for “champion”, “queen”, “goddess” and “mother.” Shoulda been another catsuit! It sucks that Roland Garros banned the catsuit.
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